Thermostat settings are mostly dependent on individual preference and what you think to be home comfort for you and your family. However, if you speak with one of our technicians about how you can use your thermostat to save on your annual air conditioner service
appointment, they will most likely provide a handful of things to keep in mind this winter.
- While it’s nice to be consistently saving money because you have your thermostat at a lower setting, it could actually be costing more if you set it too low. The ideal spot is turning your thermostat back 10-15 degrees Fahrenheit/5-7 degrees Celsius for 8 hours, as it can save you between 5 and 15 percent on your energy bills each year, according to Energy.gov.
- If your thermostat is set too cold or you completely shut off your air conditioner, you could risk freezing your pipes. This, of course, can wreak havoc on all of the uninsulated pipes in your home. Most kitchen and bathroom pipes aren’t insulated, so if they freeze, they could burst and cause severe water damage to your home.
- Condensation is also a threat when you have your thermostat set too low. Your air conditioner service technician can help show you areas where this condensation could happen, so when you choose a temperature, you can be sure it’s not going to potentially cause damage to any of the wood or electronics inside your home.
Your home comfort is justifiably one of the most important things to stay current with this winter, as it should be. Just because you want to save a bit of money in the process doesn’t mean that you can’t keep comfortable either. Be sure to speak with one of our air conditioner service technicians if you have any questions about keeping your home comfy this season. Feel free to give us a call at 301-960-3247 to set up an appointment with us.