Are You Using Your Thermostat Efficiently?
Making the switch to using a programmable thermostat can result in amazing energy savings but there’s a catch…you actually have to program it. According to a study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, nearly 90% of Americans say they’ve rarely (or never) programmed their thermostat because they’re not sure how to do it. Invest in a programmable digital thermostat and you will slash your utility bills and save energy without sacrificing comfort.
Unfortunately, most people wait to manually turn their air-conditioning system on or off when they want a temperature change. And some people leave the house and leave the ac system running the entire time but doing so wastes a large amount of electricity (and money).
In order to control these wasted costs and energy used, you need to gain control the temperature both when you’re at home and when you’re away from home. If you use one of these so-called “magical” energy-savings gadgets efficiently by scheduling the temperatures to adjust at the appropriate times and at the appropriate degrees, you could save up to 15% a year on energy costs.
Set it and Forget it.
Programming the thermostat can seem overwhelming at first, but once you take time to understand the options and optimal settings, you can set it then forget it! Many programming options are based on wake time, sleep time, leave time and return time. Below are a few tips that can help you shave up to 15% off your energy bill this summer. Adjust the time and temperature to best suit your comfort needs.
- For the hours you’re home, program the air conditioning to 78 degrees to 80 degrees.
- For the hours you’re away, adjust the temperature to 85 degrees.
- Schedule the air conditioning to shut down 20 minutes before you leave home each day.
- Program the air conditioning to turn on 20 minutes before you come home each day.
- Schedule the A/C to lower about an hour before you go to sleep each night.
- Program the air conditioning to turn on about 30 minutes before you wake up each morning.
- For the days you don’t need cooling, manually shut off the AC.
- Program the AC to shut off during the hours you’re out of the house.
By lowering the temperature on your thermostat by 10-15 degrees for 8 hours, you can save 5% to 15% a year on your heating bill. (For every degree you set the thermostat above 80 degrees, you can save approximately 2-3% on cooling costs).
Schedule Air Conditioning Service
By scheduling regular air conditioning maintenance, you can maintain your unit’s efficiency. Lawes Heating and Cooling Company provides all the essential repairs, tune-ups, and installations for your cooling needs. Whatever brand or model your central air unit may be, we can service it! We provide air conditioning technicians available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, so protect your family, and give us a call today at (732) 741- 6302! To view our service plans, click here