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If you control your AC with a programmable thermostat in Maitland, FL, make sure you’re doing so in such a way as to maximize your savings. There are at least three mistakes that homeowners should avoid when setting their thermostats.

1. Failing to Program the Thermostat

The thermostat can create a cooling schedule for you, so it would be wrong to neglect this function. Program it so that it keeps the home at a cool 68 degrees when it’s occupied. When you’re out or asleep, simply raise the temperature to 72 degrees and have the AC turn on 30 minutes before you wake up or return.

The important thing is to avoid shutting off the thermostat for long periods. This lets excessive heat into the home, which may cause structural damage and will lead to a longer AC runtime afterward. Programming according to your regular work schedule can save significantly on your monthly energy bills.

2. Placing the Thermostat in a Hot Room

Thermostat placement can subtly influence when and for how long your AC runs. For example, if you have electrical appliances surrounding it or if it’s in a room that gets a lot of sun exposure, the generated heat will cause it to read the indoor temperature as higher than it generally is. This causes the AC to run unnecessarily.

3. Believing the Thermostat Controls AC Speed

Another mistake is to crank down the thermostat when it’s extremely hot, thinking that the lower temperature setting will quicken the cooling process. Thermostats don’t control AC speed, so this will merely make the AC run longer. It won’t cool your home any faster.

E.C. Waters can perform any AC repair for Maitland residents, including thermostat repairs, so call us today if you need this service done. Our technicians are NATE certified and are familiar with a wide range of makes and models. We’re also a Trane Comfort Specialist, and you’ll have the advantage of working with a company that is BBB-accredited and has an A+ rating.

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