It’s that season again: the temperatures are scorching and you’re trying to find a solution to beat the heat. No matter how much you resist, though, you will have to turn on your air conditioner, especially at those peak hours in the afternoon – when your home is baking in the sun. However, blasting your air conditioner can be expensive and you will start to see a rise in your utility bills during those middle-summer months when the temperatures crawl past the triple digit mark. Luckily, there are a number of furnace and heat pump options that can allow you to control your thermostat – to stay comfortable in your home and to keep your utility costs down. Here are some optimal AC thermostat settings to save money on utility costs.
First and foremost, you want to program your thermostat to turn off during the times that you aren’t home. Why blast your air conditioner when you don’t need it? You are only wasting energy and money. With most programmable thermostats, you can set the unit to turn off for a certain amount of hours – you can then program it turn on right before you return home. Typically, if you go to work for eight hours, you can program the thermostat turn the unit back on at the seven hour mark – so that you can return to a cool and comfortable home.
Another way to program the thermostat for energy and money savings is to have two schedules – a weekend schedule and a weekday schedule. On the weekdays, you are probably spending less time at home. On the weekends, you are probably spending most of your time at home relaxing. So, to get the most out of your system and to slash costs, you want to program the thermostat to blast cool air for longer on the weekends and for a shorter time on the weekdays.
Next, you probably want to turn your thermostat on the automatic setting. This setting will allow you to blast your air conditioner only when your home starts to reach a certain temperature. For instance, if your home starts to rise above room temperature – or somewhere around room temperature – you can program your AC to turn on again. This automatic setting will allow your AC to provide cool air only when it is needed. You can then take measures to trap the cool air – by sealing and closing your windows. When it comes down to it, sometimes you have to work with your AC system.
In the end, your thermostat can be your best or worst friend during the summertime. It can be your worst friend if your utility costs start to rise. But if you know how to program your thermostat, it will not only cut down your monthly utility costs – it will also make your home more comfortable, which is really the best of two worlds. In the end, it is important to realize that you don’t need to constantly blast your AC – moderation is important if you are trying to save money.