The thermostat is an integral part of the air conditioning system since it's the part that gives the unit feedback on your ambient temperature so that the unit can make the necessary adjustments. However, the thermostat will only serve you well if you install, set and maintain it properly. Here are some tips on how to do this:
Don't Place Thermostat Near Heat Sources
The first thing you should know is that the thermostat should read the overall temperature of the room, and not just the temperature in its immediate surroundings. Therefore, if you install the thermostat near a window (where it gets heated by direct sunlight), place it near electronics or light fixtures, it will get heated up and use the wrong temperature readings. That way the thermostat will act as if the house is hotter than it really is, leading to wastage of energy.
Set the Thermostat Slightly Higher in the Summer
The difference between the prevailing temperature and the thermostat setting determines how hard the AC needs to work to cool the house, and this also determines how much energy the AC uses. Therefore, if the temperatures are high and you set the thermostat very low, the temperature difference becomes big and the AC has to overwork to cool the house. Avoid such a scenario by setting the thermostat slightly high, say 78oF, during the summer season.
Set the Thermostat High When Away
Household items don't need to enjoy the same temperature settings and comfort people. Therefore, reduce the load on the AC by raising the temperature when there is nobody in the house. For example, you should raise the temperature slightly if you are away on an overnight visit or even if you will be out of the house for five hours or so. You should also designate a vacation setting for your thermostat that holds the temperature at a preset (and slightly-higher-than-normal) temperature.
Don't Go for Low Settings in Search of Accelerated Cooling
A common mistake people make when it is too hot is to set the thermostat extremely low hoping that it would cool the house faster. Unfortunately, there is nothing like accelerated cooling; the AC works at the same rate until the desired temperature is reached after which it switches off active cooling until the temperature rises again. Therefore, setting the temperature low won't make the AC work or cool your house faster; it will only work for longer. The result is increased energy consumption without any benefit to your comfort.
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