If it’s just as hot in your home as it is outdoors, arriving home after a long day of work can be a struggle. You want to kick off your shoes and relax on the couch, but you can’t get comfortable when you’re sweating it in your own home. If you’re like many homeowners, you turn down the temperature as low as it can go so that you can relax. But we strongly advise against this.
Setting the thermostat too low won’t cool the room any faster
There are a couple of things you should know about what happens when you lower the temperature too much. First of all, the air conditioner won’t actually work any faster than it usually does. It will run at a consistent speed, as always, but it will surpass a comfortable temperature.
As temperatures become lower and lower than what you need, your air conditioner will run for longer. This forces all of the parts to work for long periods which raises your energy bills, causes potential problems for the system, and doesn’t necessarily do anything for your comfort.
Choosing the right temperature for your home
Instead, find a temperature that everyone can be comfortable with. We recommend choosing the warmest temperature that everyone can agree on (and for warmer climates, experts recommend 78 degrees). Keep your thermostat programmed at this setting at all times of the day, but raise it 5 – 10 degrees while you are away.
The best way to save energy and stay comfortable when you walk into your home is to program the thermostat ahead of time. Don’t wait until you are walking into your home to make adjustments. Use your programmable features to schedule the AC to kick in 20 – 30 minutes before you expect to arrive, and you won’t have to worry about coming home to a hot living room again. You can have your technician install a new thermostat if your current model is not programmable.