Tips to Manage Your Air Conditioner Thermostat

The primary purpose of an air conditioner thermostat is to keep your energy consumption as efficient as possible, which will help you save money. Most people do invest their money in one of these little devices. Yet, few of them know how to manage their thermostat to get the most out of it. 

Familiarize yourself with the different settings on your thermostat. There are usually three settings on most air conditioner thermostats: auto, cool, and heat. The auto setting is the most energy-efficient, as it will only turn on the air conditioner when the temperature in the room rises above a certain point.

The cool setting is less energy-efficient, as it will keep the air conditioner running even when the room is cooler than the set temperature. Finally, the heat setting is the least energy-efficient, as it will keep the air conditioner running even when the room is warmer than the set temperature.

So, here are some tips to live by:

1 – Invest in a Programmable or Smart Thermostat

A programmable thermostat is much easier to manage because a conventional one requires you to readjust it daily manually. But if you don’t want to worry about doing that, a smart thermostat is all you need. 

It is even better if it has a Wi-Fi feature, so you can even control your home temperature if you are far away.

If you are looking for a programmable thermostat, there are many different types. Some have basic features, while others have more advanced features that allow you to control your home temperature precisely. 

Some come with Wi-Fi connectivity, so you can manage your home temperature even when you’re away from home. No matter which type of programmable thermostat you choose, it’s important to find one that is easy to use and program so you can get the most out of it.  

2 – Set It Slightly Off of the Ideal Temperature

In summer, set your cool temperature to 78 instead of 72 degrees. Or, set it even higher if you can handle it. This can save you up to 30% of your energy costs without your body noticing the difference. You can also use the same trick for your heating system during the winter. Remember that every extra degree you tolerate means 3-5% more efficiency in energy consumption.

3 – Sleep Mode

If your air conditioner thermostat has a sleep mode feature, it is highly advisable to take advantage of it every night. Otherwise, you can set it manually. Setting back your thermostat by 10 degrees for 8 hours while you sleep can help preserve another 10% to 15% of energy. According to studies, our bodies can tolerate higher temperatures. Therefore, we likely won’t even feel the temperature rise.

4 – Don’t Turn It Off While You Are Away

Shutting your air conditioner thermostat off when you leave the house may reduce energy consumption. But, it is not practical in the summer. Due to the extreme heat, your system will consume way more energy to reach your ideal temperature again when you get home. In addition, it may take a long time before your indoor air is thermally comfortable.

It is much better to mildly increase your temperature while away, like in sleep mode. Thus, when you get home, your AC can return to your desired temperature without working too hard.

5 – Adjust the Temperature Gradually

When you change the temperature drastically over a short period, your AC needs a lot of energy. Meanwhile, you can significantly reduce energy consumption by readjusting the temperature little by little until it reaches the level you want. This may take a little patience, but it is effective to avoid a spike in your energy bill. Preventing your system from overwork like this will also keep it in prime condition longer.

The more effort you put into managing your air conditioner thermostat, the more energy you can preserve. That means lower energy bills and lower carbon emissions at the end of the month. You will also put less strain on your AC system. Thus, your system may last long and keep performing optimally.



ECM Air Conditioning, with its headquarters located in Boynton Beach, FL, provides air conditioning services within Palm Beach County, Broward County, Martin County, and St. Lucie County. If you’re looking to have a new HVAC system installed, we’re on-call and ready to assist you. So if you’re in need of an HVAC installation, don’t hesitate to contact us today to schedule an inspection! Our HVAC installation experts will check your ductwork, measure, check wire sizes, and more before making recommendations to ensure maximum efficiency and comfort. Call us at 561-295-1763 or contact our HVAC installation team online by clicking here.


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