Efficient Air Conditioning Thermostat Settings

Charlotte Air Conditioning Tips - Efficient Thermostat Settings

With summer just around the corner, you want to make sure your home remains cool for the remaining months of heat, but you also want to make sure you aren’t spending more money then you need to. Your thermostat could be the most important tool in helping you reach this goal.

Your thermostat is in charge of managing your home’s environment. Most people think it is pretty straightforward, you turn the temperature gauge down to make your house cooler, or you turn the temperature gauge up to cut off the cool air. However, there is actually more to it than that.

On your thermostat, you have two options: on and auto. Many people may be making the wrong selection when it comes to these thermostat settings. We recommend leaving your air conditioning turned to the “on” position, rather than “auto.”

If your home is equipped with a basement or multiple levels, turning your thermostat to the “on” position helps with the flow of air between floors and maintains a comfortable temperature throughout your home. The coolest part of your home will naturally be the lowest level, but a cooling system should be collecting air from the top and bottom floors of your home and mixing it together. This helps you cool your home evenly, whereas leaving the air conditioner to the auto position can result in cool air collecting on the lower levels.

Thermostat Settings and Location

The type and location of your thermostat effects your system’s overall efficiency. You’ll want to read the manufacturer’s installation instructions to prevent unnecessary air conditioner cycling, or have it installed by the professional air conditioning technicians at Charlotte Mechanical.

Place thermostats away from direct sunlight, drafts, doorways, skylights and windows. Although some sources imply that using a programmable thermostat can keep your home at warmer temperatures when you’re away, which can lower your cooling bill, Charlotte Mechanical recommends not using your thermostat in this way. Central air conditioning systems are designed to maintain temperature levels, not to recover to a cooler temperature. Therefore leaving the thermostat at the same temperature throughout the day is best for minimizing discomfort and energy usage.

The Charlotte Mechanical Comfort Index

Use the new Charlotte Mechanical site to save energy (and money!) with our innovative Comfort Index feature. This feature displays the current weather in Charlotte as well as our recommended thermostat settings to ensure your home is comfortable and energy efficient.

The homepage features different Charlotte-area backgrounds in various states of weather. If it’s raining outside, our website will reflect that with images of a drizzly, overcast Charlotte location. If it’s warm and sunny outside, it’s nothin’ but blue skies on the site. In the rare case of snow and sleet, the website will show white, overcast skies with a snow animation. We want to ensure your HVAC system is running efficiently, and with the Comfort Index feature you can make sure your thermostat settings are calibrated for Charlotte’s ever-changing weather.

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We service the Greater Charlotte area, including Mecklenburg, Union, York, Lancaster, Cabarrus and Iredell Counties. Our award-winning service technicians are at your disposal for any plumbing, heating or air conditioning problem you may have. With Charlotte Mechanical, no project is too big or too small! Call us today at 704-771-1020 to schedule an appointment or request a quote!

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