Thermostat settings are largely dependent on individual preference and what you deem to be home comfort for you and your family. However, if you speak with one of our technicians about how you can use your thermostat to save on your annual air conditioner service
appointment, they will likely provide a handful of 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 end 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 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 significant 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 find areas where this condensation could happen, 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 arguably one of the most important things to stay on top of this winter, as it should be. Just because you want to save a bit of money in the process doesn’t mean that you can’t stay comfortable either. Be sure to speak with one of our air conditioner service technicians if you have any questions about keeping your home comfy this season. Feel free to give us a call at 703-278-2036 to set up an appointment with us.