Thermostat settings are largely dependent on your own preference and what you consider to be home comfort for you and your family. However, if you talk to one of our technicians about how you can use your thermostat to save on your annual air conditioner service
appointment, they will likely provide a few things to keep in mind this winter.
- While it’s nice to always be saving money because you have your thermostat at a lower setting, it could end up costing more if you set it too low. The ideal 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 totally shut off your air conditioner, you could risk freezing your pipes. This, of course, can wreak havoc on 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 find areas where this condensation could show up, so when you decide on 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 on top of this winter, as it should be. Just because you want to save some money in the process doesn’t mean that you can’t keep your home comfortable either. Be sure to chat with one of our air conditioner service technicians if you have any questions about keeping your home warm this season. Feel free to give us a call at 541-286-6617 to set up an appointment with us.