Among the many reasons you may need to hire a professional electrician in Cambridge, MA is because you need to have a thermostat hardwired to your central HVAC or heat pump system. Having your thermostat professionally installed and serviced is essential to ensuring reliable performance from your air conditioner or heater, throughout the year. Without this, you may have your thermostat improperly located, or calibrated, which can cause problems.
But proper thermostat installation is just the beginning. To save energy—and subsequently, money—it’s important to look at your thermostat settings. Since we’re currently in the throes of summer, we’d like to go over some tips with you on how your thermostat settings can impact your air conditioner, and why raising your settings during this time of the year is actually a really smart move.
The Big Thermostat Mistake
One of the biggest errors that homeowners make with their thermostat use is that they lower it down to one of its coldest settings whenever their home feels too warm. The standard thermostat can go as low as 60°F—but that is not a setting you should use!
There are a couple different problems with putting the thermostat at such a low setting. First off, such a cold setting doesn’t actually help your AC system—in fact, it makes the cooling system’s compressor run longer, until the thermostat senses the temperature goal has been reached—which may not actually happen. As a result, you waste power, and money.
The other problem with this setting is that the bigger the difference in temperature between the inside and outside of the house, the faster your home gains heat. When you set your thermostat higher in the summer, you close this difference, and you slow down heat entering the house, making it easier to maintain cooler indoor temperatures without requiring your air conditioner to constantly run.
Thermostat Setting Advice
The U.S. Department of Energy provides some good guidelines for thermostat settings to conserve energy. When you are at home and require cooling, you should set your thermostat to 78°F, approximately. You can adjust it up and down to find your best comfort zone, but truth be told the higher you keep it, the better for your wallet and for your cooling system performance.
If you’re utilizing a programmable thermostat, then you should have a thermostat setting for when the home is unoccupied of 7° to 10° warmer. Using these thermostat settings could save you as much as 10% on your energy costs! You could even take this a step further and upgrade to a smart thermostat, which will “learn” from your history of settings and adjust itself accordingly, for optimal energy savings.
The Nest thermostat that we offer takes smart thermostats to the next level, and can save your household as much as 20% off of both your cooling bills and your heating bills. It can be controlled from your mobile device or computer.
Contact FB Electrical Services Inc. to learn more about our thermostat offerings and for whatever other
electrical service needs you may have.