A growing number of U.S. consumers rely on air conditioners. According to the United States Energy Information Administration, approximately 100 million consumers owned air conditioners in 2011. Other consumer statistics have shown that air conditioner purchases have increased 12% since that figure was released.
However, many people are not satisfied with their air conditioners, because they don’t set their thermostats properly. Here are some basic guidelines that you should follow to get the best results.
Not Setting Your Fan on Auto Mode
Modern air conditioners come with a couple of different fan settings. You can set the fan to run continuously or you can set it on auto mode. When the air conditioner is running on auto mode, the fan will stop running after the cooling unit shuts off.
The reason that it is better to run your fan on auto mode is that most air conditioners are larger than necessary. They will condense a lot of water while cooling the house. If your fan is running after the air conditioner stops cranking, then it will generate heat that may cause the water to condense and evaporate into the air. This will both make your house more humid and be less energy efficient.
Setting to the Wrong Temperature
You will also need to make sure that your thermostat is set at the right temperature. If you set it too high, then you will obviously be uncomfortable and unpleasant. However, if you set it too low you will both feel too cold and waste a lot of energy. Here are some guidelines from Energy Star:
- Set the thermostat at 78 degrees while waking up
- Increase the temperature by about seven degrees during the day
- Reduce the thermostat back to 78 degrees in the evening
- Increase the thermostat to about 82 degrees while going to sleep
You may want to adjust these settings if you feel that you have a high tolerance for handling high temperatures. However, they are pretty good guidelines, especially if you have young children that have difficulty coping with the heat.
Not Taking Advantage of Programmable Thermostats
Many modern air conditioners allow you to program the thermostat. These features can be highly beneficial, especially if you are want to have your house cool down a little before you return from work. However, they are useless if you don’t actually take advantage of them.
You will want to look for state-of-the-art air comfort control products. You shouldn’t have any difficulty finding a good air conditioner that suits your needs.