One of the main ways to ensure your San Antonio, Texas home is energy efficient is to properly program the thermostat used to control your heating and air conditioning system. Several types of thermostats are available to make this task as very simple. Your local HVAC technician can help you to select the right system for your home.
Energy Efficiency in Spring and Summer
In San Antonio, the spring and summer months are exceptionally hot, but there are many ways you can save energy and improve comfort , and keep a few extra dollars in your pocket.
You will want to keep your air conditioner set as high as possible without compromising your comfort. When you or others are present, the recommended setting is 78° F, and this can be raised to 80° Fahrenheit or higher when no one is home.
Thermostat Settings in Fall and Winter
Settings for thermostats in the fall and winter might not seem as critical in San Antonio as they are during the spring and summer. However, the recommended temp is 68° F during the day when you are home. This can be lowered at night or when the building is empty by 10 to 15 degrees. You will save about 1 percent on energy costs for each degree lower than 68° Fahrenheit that you set your system during an eight-hour period.
Improving Comfort with a Programmable Thermostat
The ultimate solution to keeping your home or office at the perfect temperature despite the season or time of day, is a programmable thermostat. You can program these thermostats to effectively manage your heating, cooling, and humidity levels. Models today come with increased functionality such as remote programming using an Internet-enabled device. These systems are fortunately very affordable to purchase and install.
If you live in the San Antonio area and are thinking about installing a new thermostat, AC State Air is your trusted HVAC installer and contractor. For further information about thermostats and how they can improve indoor comfort, call us today at 210-653-5900.