Thermostat settings are mostly dependent on personal 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 cash during your annual air conditioner service
appointment, they will likely provide a couple things to consider this winter.
- While it’s nice to always be saving money because you have your thermostat at a lower setting, it could actually be costing more if you set it too low. The best 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 shut off your air conditioner altogether, you could risk freezing your pipes. This, of course, can create huge problems for 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 serious water damage to your home.
- Condensation is also a threat when you have your thermostat set too low. Your air conditioner service technician can help point out areas where this condensation could show up, so when you choose 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 justifiably one of the most important things to stay ahead of this winter, as it should be. Just because you want to save some money in the process doesn’t mean that you can’t keep your home comfortable either. Be sure to speak with one of our air conditioner service technicians if you have any questions about keeping your home comfortable this season. Feel free to give us a call at 605-206-3915 to set up an appointment with us.