As the start of summer inches closer, temperatures start to soar. Sometimes the heat becomes bothersome enough to make it necessary for Pittsburgh residents to use their air conditioning. Take the time to find out what the government recommendations are for setting the temperature on your air conditioner - especially on very hot days. You should also learn about adjusting the settings so that your home is comfortable when people are at home. These tips and tricks will help you maintain that comfort level while saving you money in the process.
Use a Programmable Thermostat to Automate Temperature Settings
The Department of Energy urges homeowners to use a programmable thermostat to control the temperature settings in their homes. The advantage of this type of thermostat is that you don't have to remember to adjust the temperature at night, before you go out or when you return home. Air conditioning systems are designed to remove humidity from the air. When your temperature settings are programmed, your unit goes on automatically when there is more humidity in the room.
Program Your Thermostat for More Energy-Efficient Temperature Control
- Turn the temperature up to 80 degrees when no one is at home. There is no need to cool the home if the house is empty and no one will use it.
- Turn your thermostat to the highest setting that keeps the house comfortable when people are at home.
- Use fans to circulate air. The air movement makes the house feel more comfortable, even if your thermostat is set at a higher temperature. Ceiling fans are ideal for circulating air in bedrooms and making the room feel cooler than the actual temperature.
- Make sure your thermostat is installed and programmed correctly. You can trust the expert technicians at Stahl Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning to make sure that the programmable thermostat is properly installed, working well and maintaining comfortable temperature settings throughout your house - whenever the air conditioning is running.
Clean Filters Assure You of Consistent Temperature Settings
Inexpensive disposable air conditioner filters need to be changed once a month. If you allow the filters to get clogged, the unit won't run efficiently or maintain the programmed temperatures.
Don't Fiddle with the Temperature Settings
The whole point of having a programmable thermostat is to let it control the temperature settings in your home. If you set the system to automatic, your air conditioner goes on whenever the temperature rises above the set point.