Facts About Thermostat Setting For Summer In Phoenix Arizona
Besides the remote control, the thermostat is arguably the most contested piece of equipment that is fought over inside any home. And due to the fact that many people have differing preferences to heat or cold, the thermostat tends to be adjusted more frequently during the summer. However, this tends to bring up a common problem – energy costs. So, in order to separate some of the myths about thermostat setting for summer in Phoenix, here are some facts to consider.
Fact #1 – Turning The Thermostat Off Is A Bad Idea
Many homeowners tend to believe that by simply shutting off the thermostat and AC system while they are gone, they will be saving energy. In fact, it’s the worst thing you can do for energy conservation. An AC system works best when it has to slightly chill a home. But if the internal temperature rises above 85 degrees, and you want to cool a home to the mid-70s, the AC system will have to work extremely hard to get the home to that desired temperature.
It is much more efficient to keep the AC and thermostat in the ‘ON’ position during the day when you’re at work or away from the home. Simply set the thermostat about 3-5 degrees higher than normal and you’ll conserve a ton of energy every month.
Fact #2 – Thermostat Calibration Is A Big Deal
A thermostat is a calibrated electrical and mechanical system that monitors temperature and then sends a signal to the AC system to ‘chill’. However, if the monitoring systems inside the thermostat fall out of calibration, it can seriously impact your indoor comfort. A simple bump from a passing shoulder or kids playing too rough inside the house can cause a thermostat to fall out of calibration. It’s also possible for a thermostat to become out of calibration over time.
A solution to this problem is to have your thermostat calibrated once a year, usually during a routine service call. This ensures that your thermostat is in working order around the clock.
Fact #3 – Programmable Thermostats Can Save You Hassle & Money
Programmable thermostats are great devices that can help save Phoenix home and business owners time, money and energy. Programmable thermostats work by allowing you to program settings based on time blocks with most people tending to set their thermostats in blocks of 8-hour units. This step often helps keep the temperature inside a building consistent and also maximizes the temperature control setting for times of the day that are hard to monitor manually.
There are several other benefits to having a programmable thermostat including:
- You can program your schedule based on hours, days, weeks or months
- Set your temperature for different weather patterns, in many cases by simple Wi-Fi connection if you have that type of programmable thermostat
- Most programmable thermostats allow you to control heat and cool zones inside your home.
- Several programmable thermostats have alerts to remind you of scheduled routine maintenance like replacing indoor filters.
The Department of Energy estimates that programmable thermostats can save you 10 percent a year on heating and cooling your home by giving you the power to set your home’s temperature at different times of the day. They recommended setting thermostats between 75-80 degrees to conserve energy. When you are away from home, set the thermostat to an energy-saving level — 5°F higher in the summer.
There is no perfect solution for thermostat setting for air conditioning in Phoenix, as it’s impossible to please everybody inside a home at the same time. But everyone can agree, using a programmable thermostat is a great way to keep your home comfortably cool during these hot summer days in Arizona.
Read more articles about air conditioning tips for summer:
- Top Summer Air Conditioning Tips To Keep Your Energy Bills Cool
- Common AC Problems Caused By Extreme Temperatures In Arizona
- HVAC Maintenance Tips For Phoenix Arizona Home Owners
About the Author
Chris and Stacia Hays, are the founders of Hays Cooling, Heating & Plumbing; a family operated HVAC company in Phoenix founded in 2001 that services both commercial and residential customers. Chris leads a team of certified technicians who have over 45 years of combined experience and has earned and A+ rating with the BBB and a strong five star rating online. Hays Cooling, Heating & Plumbing focuses on providing support to their customers every step of the way, with exceptional service and competitive prices. If you are looking for top-notch air conditioning and heating service, contact Hays today.