Thermostat settings are largely 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 likely provide a few things to remember this winter.
- While it’s nice to be consistently saving money because you have your thermostat at a lower setting, it could end up 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 completely shut off your air conditioner, you could risk freezing your pipes. This, of course, can cause issues 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 a problem 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 current with 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 comfortable either. Be sure to talk 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 205-208-8090 to set up an appointment with us.