While we may be known in our area for the cooler temps of winter, our summers pack quite the punch, too. And when summer comes, you want to make your home not only comfortable, but also bearable. So if your air conditioner isn’t working the way it’s meant to, it may be time to call in for air conditioner repair, particularly if you haven’t had maintenance done yet this season.
But wait! What if you don’t have a problem with your air conditioner at all, but rather with your thermostat? Is it time to call for Denver thermostat services?
It could be, but don’t rush to call your AC pro just yet. The fact of the matter is, your air conditioner’s poor efficiency might not be from a malfunction at all, but rather how you are using your thermostat.
The Biggest Thermostat Mistake Homeowners Make That Hurts AC Efficiency
Here’s the thermostat issue that most people don’t realize—lowering your thermostat down to its coldest setting whenever the house feels to warm is actually a detriment to efficiency instead of a help. The standard thermostat can go down to nearly 60°F, but that doesn’t mean it should.
There are a couple of different problems with putting the thermostat down this low.
The first problem is that such a cold setting doesn’t do anything to make your air conditioner cool better or faster. All it does is make your air conditioner’s compressor run longer until the thermostat senses the temperature goal has been reached (even though it may never be reached!) This wastes energy and you’ll end up with a home that is so cold it won’t even be comfortable.
The second problem with this is that an air conditioner is really only capable of cooling about 20° less than what the temperature is outside. Do you know how we just mentioned that the lower cooling setting might not ever be reached? This is why. When you set the thermostat to a more reasonable level (most people are comfortable with their thermostats between 75-78°), you make it easier to actually maintain cooler, comfortable, indoor temperatures without requiring the almost constant and wasteful running of your air conditioner’s energy-draining compressor.
Ultimately, the higher you set your thermostat, the better. If you have a programmable thermostat, the best thing you can do is program a setback temperature for when you’re away from the home or you’re asleep, for 5-10° warmer than when you are in the house and actually using your air conditioner to stay comfortable. This can save you at least 10% on your energy costs during the summer!
If you don’t already have a programmable thermostat, we encourage you to contact our professionals to inquire about their benefits. You might even consider taking this a step further with the installation of a smart (WiFi enabled) thermostat, which essentially “learns” your cooling and heating preferences, and adjusts accordingly.
Cool Sunshine Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. has been serving the Metro Denver area since 1997. We are one big happy family, and we’d like you to become a part of it! Contact us today for custom HVAC services and more.