With summer finally here in the Southern Tier region, it’s air conditioning season! Are you ready for it?
Rinker Oil and Propane can assist you if your home does not have air conditioning or if you want to replace inefficient window A/C units. We provide professional central air conditioning installation along with installation for ductless mini-split systems. Our skilled technicians can also handle maintenance and repairs.
It is important to understand how to properly set your thermostat for your central air conditioning or ductless mini-split system. This not only helps reduce energy costs but also prevents unnecessary wear and tear on your cooling system.
We have gathered some information to assist you in increasing your comfort during summer while reducing your energy expenses.
The U.S. Department of Energy provides recommendations on temperature settings for your thermostat to help you save on energy usage and costs during the summer and keep your bills from skyrocketing.
When you’re home and awake, set the thermostat on the air conditioning to 78°F.
Shut off the A/C or program it to turn off during the hours you’re out of the house.
The Department of Energy recommends adjusting your thermostat by 7°F for eight hours a day during the cooling season to save 10% on energy costs. Since cooling makes up around half of your summer energy costs, this can result in significant savings. You can verify this by reviewing your energy bills from last summer.
If you’re using an old thermostat with a dial, consider upgrading to a smart or programmable one. This can greatly assist in maximizing your air conditioning usage and is a worthwhile investment.
Programable or smart thermostats are readily available for purchase at local home improvement stores and online. By using a WiFi or cellular connection, you can monitor and control your HVAC system from your smartphone or tablet with a smart thermostat. These thermostats can even learn your family’s cooling and heating preferences and adjust accordingly. Additionally, certain smart thermostats can notify you if your HVAC system requires servicing.
You can set multiple schedules for your air conditioning unit. This means that if you are going away for a weekend or a longer summer vacation, you can program the unit to turn off when you leave and turn back on an hour before you arrive home. As a result, your home will be cool by the time you get back.
Get cool comfort with central air conditioning or ductless mini-splits from Rinker Oil and Propane! Contact us today to learn more.