Programming your thermostat
You may ask, “Well what temperature should I set my thermostat at to be comfortable?” Well it depends. Everyone is comfortable at different temperature ranges. My wife for example would sleep at 62 degrees year-round if she could, while I would be bundled up in layers shivering. There are two different “philosophies” here:
You want what you want, and you are prepared to pay for it. Most homes can generally maintain temperatures between 70-75 degrees in the heat of the summer. Just be aware the lower you set the thermostat, the higher your power bill will be! Happy wife, happy life.
2) Energy savings.
The recommended thermostat setting of 78 degrees in the summer is designed to balance energy savings and comfort. However, not everyone is comfortable at the same temperature.
Also, higher home temperatures mean less air-conditioning run time and potentially higher indoor humidity levels, which can cause health issues
Using a programmable or “Smart” thermostat that allows you to either set a daily program that raises the homes temperature while you are away, and lowers it when you are home, or one with Wi-Fi control will do a much better job of striking the perfect balance between personal comfort and energy savings.
While the Department of Energy recommends 7-10 degrees, I disagree and my personal experience says it’s best to make the “home” and “away” set points within 3-5 degrees of each other and give the system at least an hour to reach the desired setpoint.
It’s important to keep in mind that the temperature you set on the thermostat will not make the air coming out of the supply registers any colder. If the air conditioning system is working correctly, it will always maintain the 14 to 20-degree differential.
One other important thing to keep in mind about your home air conditioner is that ALL air conditioners are only designed and rated with a 95 degree outdoor temperature in mind. Since we live in the South, where temperatures can get in excess of that, sometimes we might see the thermostat rise – and that doesn’t necessarily mean anything is wrong, there is simply more heat coming into your home than your system is designed to remove!
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