The thermostat is an essential part of your HVAC system: you can’t control your air conditioner during a hot Southern California summer without it! But you can also use the thermostat to help save money during the summer heat. Below are two important steps you can take with your thermostat that will result in lower energy bills without sacrifices in comfort.
Replace your older thermostats with Wi-Fi thermostats
How long have you had the thermostats that are currently in your house? If they’re old slider-and-dial models, or no-frills digital models, then the thermostat is almost certainly costing you money and should be upgraded. The newest thermostat technology available allows you to save money each time the air conditioner comes on.
The best type of new thermostat to have installed is a Wi-Fi enabled model. You can control these thermostats through an app on your smartphone, tablet, desktop or laptop computer, and you can access them from anywhere you have an Internet or satellite connection. Aside from the convenience of being able to adjust the climate in your home from almost any place, these Wi-Fi thermostats are more precise than other models, with a less than 1° swing in accuracy.
Know the best temperature settings
When you’re programming your Wi-Fi thermostat, make sure that you don’t simply have the temperature set as low as possible. This doesn’t make the AC cool down your home faster; it only makes the air conditioner’s compressor work longer and waste power to end up at an uncomfortably chilly temperature. Instead, set the thermostat to between 72°F and 78°F during the day when people are home, then raise it to 82°F to 85°F at night or when people aren’t home. This can lead to saving 25% off your summer electrical bills.
JW Heating and Air offers services for thermostats in Whittier, CA and throughout the Greater Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, and San Gabriel Valley areas.