If there’s one thing you can count on in Oklahoma, it’s that you can’t count on the weather. No matter the season, you just never know when the temperature may fall or spike. Most people’s first move will be to adjust the thermostat when these changes happen. As your home’s temperature control center, this move makes sense. However, making too many thermostat adjustments can put stress on your heat and air system, which can lead to air conditioning repair bills and more expensive energy bills.
To save energy and money, use these thermostat tips.
Inside v Outside
The basic function of the thermostat is to shield you from whatever the weather is doing outside. While you obviously want to maintain a comfortable setting inside your home, leaving the thermostat at 70 when it’s 108 outside will make your heat and air system work overtime. When the temperature outside spikes or falls, you might consider bumping the thermostat a few degrees.
When you come home to a hot house, it can be tempting to crank down the temperature setting to 50 in hopes it will somehow get to 70 degrees faster. However, making these kind of massive adjustments won’t actually get to your ideal temperature any faster. All this will do is cause your heat and air system to go far beyond the desired temperature when you forget to reset the thermostat.
Get a Programmable Thermostat
One of the best ways to save energy and money is to use a programmable thermostat. These modern marvels let you set the temperature based on the time of day. You can set your thermostat to raise or lower when you leave the home to save tons of money you would have wasted heating and cooling a home that no one is currently in.
Take Care of Your Heat and Air System
By signing up for our preventative maintenance program, your heat and air system will get serviced at the beginning of the hot and cold season. This ensures the heat and air system is operating at peak efficiency all year long. Even simple maintenance tasks like cleaning the coils can have a big impact on how much energy the heat and air unit needs to run.