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Thermostat Programming Tips to Increase AC Efficiency

Nothing is more essential to comfort in your Columbus, Georgia, home than a well-operating HVAC system. Maximizing AC efficiency allows you to enjoy air conditioning comfort without sending your utility bills through the roof. Start by using correct thermostat programming for optimal operation. This single strategy can save you $180 or more in annual energy expenses.

Choose the Right Setpoint Temperatures

Hand_Cor_ThermostatWhen programming your device, keep in mind that the smaller the difference between outdoor and indoor temperatures, the more money you’ll save:

  • When the weather’s hot outside, a setpoint temperature of around 78 degrees Fahrenheit should keep you comfortable. Raise the setting by at least four degrees at night.
  • If you’re away during the day, boost the setting by at least seven degrees. It takes less energy to restore preferred temperatures than to keep your AC running at that lower setpoint while you’re out.
  • You can use similar tactics during cooler weather. Set the thermostat as close to the outdoor temperature as possible, wear suitable clothing, and use appropriate bedding to help keep you warm.

Temperatures should be set for no less than eight hours at a time. Frequently adjusting the thermostat will only lead to energy waste.

Follow Thermostat Programming Rules

For every degree you raise the AC temperature during an 8-hour period, you can expect to shave one percent off your cooling bill. A programming schedule that includes energy-saving settings when you’re asleep or away at work is ideal. Many of today’s high-tech thermostats can adjust the temperature to comfortable settings by the time you awake or arrive home.

Take Advantage of Smart Features

Smart temperature controls that you can access from internet-enabled devices make it easy to track your energy usage. Features include real-time or monthly energy reports that boost thermostat programming for optimum savings. Some models even do the job for you, adjusting operation automatically for peak efficiency while still meeting your preferred comfort levels.

From preventive maintenance to regular filter changes, there are a number of cost-effective ways to improve AC efficiency. For more information about how to stay cool while saving money, check out our air conditioning services or call Riley Heating & Air Conditioning at 334-298-1278 today!

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