Air Conditioning Bills High? Try a Different Thermostat

If you find that your energy bills are too high or if you know you can be saving money by turning down the air conditioning while you’re away from home, you might think about getting a new thermostat.

Most of us have had a home or apartment with one of those old thermostats operated by a tiny lever on the side. As the unit ages, the temperature on the thermostat never reflects the temperature in the room, leaving you guessing. This not only means you’re not in control of your comfort or your energy usage, but your air conditioner is probably working harder than it should.

Thermostats are relatively inexpensive, and the savings from a programmable unit can recoup the costs relatively quickly, especially during our hot, humid summers. There are many different options for thermostats in all budget ranges including:

  • Manual thermostats: These come in manual and digital varieties and are best for people who are home often or who like a fixed temperature.

  • Programmable thermostats: These thermostats can be programmed to raise or lower the temperature of your home based on the time of day. There are several different varieties available for programming different time periods within a day, individual days, or differences between weekdays and the weekend.

  • Remote management: Some high-tech thermostats allow you to change the temperature remotely, such as through your phone.

  • Learning thermostats: For the people who never want to touch the thermostat again, these learn your preferences over time and adjust the heat and air conditioning systems accordingly.

If you have questions about your air conditioner and how you can save energy (and money) this summer, contact B.R. McGinty in central Arkansas by calling 501-847-6800. We service all kinds of heating and air conditioning systems and we even offer 24-hour emergency service should you ever need it.