As temperatures rise during the summer months throughout Williamson County, homeowners look for ways to stay cool without breaking the bank. One simple solution for reducing energy consumption– and by proxy utility costs– is to understand the settings on your digital thermostat. With directly programmable options, you can set your thermostat to cool your home when you are actually in it and then have it turn itself off while you are away. You can also adjust the temperature to reflect outdoor weather conditions, which will further save on your energy expenses. Ensuring you understand the settings on your digital thermostat can maximize summer energy savings during these hot months and help you live a more comfortable personal life.
Many thermostats offer energy-saving features that can help you manage your AC bill, such as:
- Temperature Programming: If you have a programmable thermostat, take advantage of its scheduling capabilities. Set higher temperatures when you’re away or asleep and lower temperatures when you’re home and awake.
- Learning and Adaptive Features: Smart thermostats learn your temperature behaviors and adapt to your needs. They can also account for external forces like weather.
- Occupancy Sensors: Some thermostats have occupancy sensors that detect if a room is occupied and adjust the temperature accordingly.
Keeping your thermostat in good condition ensures accurate temperature readings and efficient operation. Replacing the batteries and ridding the system of dirt and debris will ensure the sensors are always working reliably. Additionally, most thermostats provide usage data and analysis reports on how you can operate more efficiently. To do this they use the same apps that allow you to control temperature remotely; monitor your energy consumption trends, review usage reports, and make adjustments accordingly to optimize energy efficiency, all in one place.
If you’re finding that your thermostat is not accurately displaying the temperature inside your home, it could be time for you to call in a Green Leaf HVAC specialist for some HVAC preventative maintenance. A professional can come in, safely check all the electrical components, and test the thermostat to make sure it’s cycling on and off properly. They can then recalibrate the thermostat if the temperature isn’t reading correctly.