Thermostat settings are hugely dependent on individual preference and what you consider to be home comfort for you and your family. However, if you consult with one of our technicians about how you can use your thermostat to save money during your annual air conditioner
service appointment, they will probably provide a few things to consider this winter.
- While it’s nice to be consistently saving money because you have your thermostat at a lower setting, it could wind up costing more if you set it too low. The sweet spot is turning your thermostat back 10-15 degrees Fahrenheit/5-7 degrees Celsius for 8 hours, as it can save you between 5 and 15 percent on your energy bills each year, according to Energy.gov.
- If your thermostat is set too cold or you totally shut off your air conditioner, you could risk freezing your pipes. This, of course, can wreak havoc on all of the uninsulated pipes in your home. Most kitchen and bathroom pipes aren’t insulated, so if they freeze, they could burst and cause severe water damage to your home.
- Condensation is also an issue when you have your thermostat set too low. Your air conditioner service technician can help show you areas where this condensation could show up, so when you settle on a temperature, you can be sure it’s not going to potentially cause damage to any of the wood or electronics inside your home.
Your home comfort is one of the most important things to stay on top of this winter, and rightly so. Just because you want to save a little money in the process doesn’t mean that you can’t keep your home comfortable either. Be sure to talk with one of our air conditioner service technicians if you have any questions about keeping your home warm this season. Feel free to give us a call at 925-233-6238 to set up an appointment with us.