Homeowners in Winter Haven, FL, who own a ducted or ductless cooling system no doubt have a thermostat to accompany it and control the temperatures. It’s a simple device to use, but still, some homeowners fail to get the most out of it. Below are three mistakes that homeowners commonly make with their thermostat that prevent them from achieving the most efficient cooling.

Not Programming the Thermostat

Programmable thermostats let you create a weekly cooling schedule, so you should use this to avoid cooling your home at unnecessary times. For example, raise the temperature during those times when no one is home and when everyone is asleep. Smart thermostats go further and give you remote access to temperature settings, so you could turn on the AC roughly 30 minutes before you arrive home from work.

Cranking Down the Thermostat

Let’s say you neglect to program the thermostat and come home to a hot interior. Don’t make the mistake of cranking down the thermostat in the belief that this will speed up cooling; thermostats don’t control an AC’s speed. Lowering the temperature simply causes the AC to run longer and, most likely, beyond the point where you’re comfortable.

Shutting Off the Thermostat

You’re getting regular maintenance for your AC, including your thermostat, and so you want to minimize its use. However, shutting off the thermostat doesn’t help because it allows the home to get hotter than it should be, leading to possible structural damage and a longer AC run time. When you don’t need cool air, raise the set point a couple of degrees instead.

Serving Homeowners Since 1961

Wards Air Conditioning is a family-owned and -operated company that can provide AC repairs, including thermostat repairs, across Winter Haven, FL; for your appointment, call today. While we’re a Trane Comfort Specialist, we do work on all makes and models of ACs and thermostats.

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