A programmable thermostat makes it easy to manage the biggest contributors to your energy bills – Heating and cooling.  However, if you don’t use the thermostat correctly, you could actually end up paying more.

Common Mistakes with Thermostat Use

#1 Adjusting the Thermostat to Heat/Cool Faster

The thermostat regulates the HVAC systems to heat or cool to a certain temperature. It does not make it happen faster. So, setting the thermostat to 70°F won’t get the house cooler any faster. The only thing that does is waste energy. It’s also important to keep in mind that swamp coolers only cool your home down around 25 degrees below the temperature outside. If you are thinking about switching over to refrigerated air before the summer heat sets in, now’s a good time to schedule your service with Affordable!

#2 Keeping the Same Temperature All Day

Unless there is someone home all day, there’s no reason to keep the house at the same temperature all day. When no one is home, set the thermostat to a higher temperature in summer and a lower one in winter. Installing a programmable thermostat is also a great idea when trying to save on your energy bill.

#3 Installing the Thermostat in the Wrong Place

If the thermostat is in a sunny place, it will always read a higher temperature than other less-sunny parts of the house. This makes it difficult to keep the rest of the house comfortable. Our expert technicians can help relocate your thermostat to a better place. It is an affordable service that will pay off in the long run.

#4 Setting the Temperature Too Low or Too High

Experts have come up with ideal settings to maximize energy savings. During the winter, set the thermostat at 68°F when everyone is home and awake. During the summer, set it to 78°F. Of course, this is based off of personal preference. If you have older individuals in your home, these temperature settings may be too drastic. It’s important to ensure everyone is comfortable.

If you avoid these common mistakes, you can keep your energy bills under control year round. Another key way to avoid high energy costs is to have your system serviced by expert technicians in HVAC maintenance. The team at Affordable Service can keep your system running efficiently. And, of course, Affordable Service is providing the necessary sanitary conditions to keep you and our staff safe during the COVID crisis. Give us a call today!