Air conditioning a home in Southern California during the summer can mean some steep electrical bills each month. Although there isn’t any way that you can avoid some rise in costs (you don’t want to go the whole summer without your AC!) there are methods to keep it under control. You’re probably paying more for keeping your home cool than you should, and one of the ways you can lower costs is with some wise thermostat settings.
Some solid thermostat advice for the summer
First all, this will only work if you have a programmable thermostat. If your HVAC system still works off a manual or no-frills digital thermostat, we strongly recommend that you call us to install a programmable model. Not only are programmable thermostats far more convenient, but they will help you immensely when it comes to saving energy.
Now then.… When you are at during the day, keep the thermostat set between 72°F and 75°F, whatever is most comfortable for your household. Setting the thermostat lower is usually unnecessary for comfort. When you leave home, don’t shut the air conditioning off all the way; instead, set it at 82°F to 85°F. This will keep your home from becoming blazing hot in your absence (making it much more difficult to cool down later), but it will also require the air conditioner to run only occasionally—and sometimes not at all.
However, set the programming on the thermostat to return to the originally lower setting approximately half an hour before you come home. With the house kept steady in the mid-80s, this is sufficient time for the temperature to drop down to a comfortable level by the time you come through the door.
If you follow these directions, you can experience around a 25% reduction in the cost to run your air conditioner during the summer. Plus, you will lower the strain on the AC, helping it to last longer.
Call JW Heating and Air whenever you need service for your air conditioning in Studio City, CA.