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A Common AC Mistake: Setting the Temperature too Low

Most people have a specific preference for the temperature in their home. While some homeowners are perfectly comfortable keeping the thermostat set to 77 or 78 degrees Fahrenheit, others believe that their air conditioner should keep their home feeling like an icebox. When they come home from being in the hot summer weather, they may immediately set the thermostat to the mid-sixties and hope to speed up the cooling process.

But this doesn’t actually help to cool down your home any faster, and it could have detrimental effects for your air conditioner. Air conditioners generally only cool at one speed (though some have variable speed settings to improve energy efficiency). Lowering the temperature too much only makes your air conditioner run for longer, increasing wear and tear on your AC along with your bills.

Reduce Wear and Tear on Your System with a Programmable Thermostat

Lowering the temperature too much can ultimately reduce the lifespan of your AC system, and it raises your monthly bills. But this is tough to remember when you come home to a living space that feels like an oven. Instead of lowering the temperature as soon as you get home, we recommend that you take advantage of the presets on your programmable thermostat.

Don’t already have a programmable thermostat? You can get a new one from your local technician, even if you are not due for a full AC system replacement yet. Understanding how to program your thermostat properly can help you to save money. You can program the AC to turn off when you go off to work or on a family trip. Change the settings so that the system comes back on 20 minutes before you arrive, and you’ll be greeted by a cool, comfortable home. We recommend setting it to a temperature that is higher than usual, but still a comfortable setting for everyone in the family.

Call Robbins Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. for air conditioning services in the Farmington, NM area. Don’t waste your time with the run-around. Give us a call and let us do it right the first time!

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