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How Your Thermostat Habits Impact Your AC Efficiency

Stock image of hand adjusting thermostatBoston summers can be quite enjoyable. But let’s face it, they get hot, and that heat can become unbearable after a while. This is particularly true if you’re coming home to a living space that’s not as cool as it should be, whether that is because you left your AC off all day, or you don’t have a properly functioning AC. As a result, maybe you’re tempted to set the thermostat as low as it will possibly go to get cool, fast!

This is a mistake, although many homeowners try this as a solution to beat the heat. First let us start by saying, the Department of Energy recommends a temperature setting during the summer of 78°F, as this is the temperature the average person is comfortable with. If you keep setting yours lower and lower to try to get cooler faster, you won’t be satisfied. And if you’re doing so and don’t feel cooler air at all, let alone faster, there might be something wrong with your air conditioner! We’ll get to that in a moment.

How Does a Thermostat Work?

One of our various electrical service specialties is Boston thermostat services . Your thermostat is essentially the brain of your air conditioner, and a very important component with many options on the market. For instance you may want a programmable model, or to take it a step further, a WiFi or “smart” thermostat.

Even though these are complex devices though, how they function is actually pretty similar to an “on-off” switch. Meaning, it turns the cooling (and heating) processes of your HVAC systems on, and off. When the indoor temperature registers as higher than the setting on the thermostat when it is in cooling mode, the thermostat turns on the compressor to start cooling the space. When that space is cooling down to your desired setting, the thermostat then turns off the compressor.

So, when you turn down the thermostat to a lower setting, you are essentially demanding the compressor run longer to reach that temperature. This isn’t a way to make the AC work faster at its job, or give you better cooling levels. This is why we advise you to not set it as low as it will go.

What If Your Air Conditioner Is Malfunctioning?

Let’s say, as we mentioned at the beginning of this post, that you’re setting the thermostat down lower, but you aren’t getting cooler air at all. First off, please don’t keep setting it down lower to compensate for an AC system that just can’t keep up. All this does is put extra strain on an already struggling air conditioner. You could end up hastening it’s breakdown completely.

After checking to make sure your air filter is not clogged and therefore restricting airflow, call in a pro to take a look. Sometimes, the problem is the thermostat. It may be that the temperature sensors are miscalibrated and the thermostat is shutting the compressor off too soon. Or, it may be that you have a problem with the compressor, the evaporator coil, the blower fan, or even your ductwork. Don’t leave this to chance—call in a trained and experienced HVAC pro!

Contact FB Integrated Solutions Inc. today for comprehensive electrical services!

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