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How Low Can You Go? AC Temperature Settings

Cypress AC RepairWith all of the hot and humid weather in Cypress, it is tempting to reset your air conditioner’s thermostat to a lower setting. This practice can actually overtax your air conditioner and require Cypress AC repair. Lowering the thermostat does not actually provide faster cooling.

Whether you lower the temperature by 10 degrees or two degrees, heating, ventilation and air conditioning units cool at the same rate until the set temperature is reached. Setting the thermostat to a lower temperature causes the system to run for a longer time, placing additional wear and tear on the unit. If you forget to readjust the thermostat, it will continue to cool to lower temperatures, using more energy and resulting in higher utility bills. Instead of cranking down the thermostat, here are energy- and money-saving ways to stay comfortable during extremes of weather.

Ideal Thermostat Settings

The Department of Energy recommends setting thermostats to 78 degrees F during the summer and 68 degrees F during the winter. These settings maintain comfort and conserve energy. When you are asleep or away for 8 hours or longer, setting back the thermostat between 7 and 10 degrees can save up to 15% on annual heating and cooling costs.

You can save between 1% and 3% on annual energy bills for each degree the thermostat is set back for 8 or more hours. Set the thermostat 3 degrees higher during the summer can add up to a lot of savings. Conversely, setting the thermostat 3 degrees lower can increase cooling costs by as much as 40 percent. Contact the Cypress AC repair experts at Air Depot Heating and Cooling to recommend appropriate thermostat settings to keep you cool and lower energy bills.

Use a Programmable Thermostat

Programmable thermostats allow you to adjust temperature settings according to your lifestyle. Different settings can be programmed for each day of the week and hours within each day. That way, you don’t have to remember to adjust the thermostat as you go to sleep or are away.

Smart thermostats add more convenience. They can be adjusted from a smartphone or the internet, allowing you to fine-tune settings if your schedule changes. When used with variable speed air conditioners, savings are even greater. We are a Factory Authorized Dealer for Lennox and Carrier, trained to integrate equipment and systems for maximum comfort and savings. Our goal is to minimize untimely Cypress AC repairs and keep you comfortable throughout the year.

Consider a Cypress AC Replacement

If your unit is not cooling properly or requires frequent repairs, it may be time to replace it. Our NATE-certified technicians can recommend a Cypress AC replacement for your home or business that provides superior cooling and saves energy and money.

For more information about setting your thermostat for optimum comfort and energy savings, call the Cypress and Spring air conditioning repair professionals at Air Depot Air Conditioning and Heating at 281-477-3700. We serve communities in the greater Houston area, including Spring, Cypress, The Woodlands and Tomball.

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