Your thermostat settings determine how comfortable you'll be this summer

Your thermostat settings play an important part in your indoor comfort on sweltering hot days. Whether you prefer just enough air conditioning to decrease the humidity or a cool room that rivals a meat locker, optimal cooling starts with your settings. To make the most of your comfort and energy budget this season, the team at Seider Heating, Plumbing & Electrical shares a few ways you can use your thermostat wisely:

  • Ideal location. Your thermostat’s placement can make a big difference in how well your air conditioner and furnace work. Your HVAC installer will place it away from exterior walls, sunny windows, and drafty doors. And you should be conscious not to put lamps, televisions, or other heat-generating appliances close to it. This added warmth can confuse the thermostat’s sensors. Worried your thermostat is in a bad spot? Schedule an appointment with one of our certified technicians for a free evaluation and estimate.
  • Take control. For complete reign over your indoor climate, consider using smart controls versus a thermostat. New controls go beyond monitoring temperature settings to address virtually every environmental concern in every room, every hour. Controls can focus on different aspects, from Wi-Fi remote access and comfort levels to energy management, humidity control, energy-use reporting, and zoning. As a Carrier® dealer, we can put you in control—ask us for more information.
  • Degrees equal dollars. Set to save? Adjust your temperature to be as high as comfortably possible in the summer. Keep in mind that the smaller the difference between inside and outside temperatures, the lower your cooling bills will be. Our professionals recommend maintaining a temperature of 75-78°F to keep your home cost-consciously comfortable. Your home will feel even cooler if you keep your fan setting in the “on” position for continuous air circulation.
  • Programmable, not manual. Resist the temptation to use the override button on your thermostat to bump temperatures up and down. It’s best to keep your thermostat on programmed cycles with four to six hours in each time block, synced with outdoor temperature fluctuations and your work and sleep schedules.
  • Technology-enhanced thermostats. If you’re away from home for longer periods of time, you can save a lot of money on energy bills by remotely controlling and programming your thermostat with Wi-Fi capability. Using this technology allows you to adjust temperature and humidity from anywhere via your smartphone, computer, or tablet. It can also alert you if the temperature goes above or below safe levels. That means you could be saving yourself from expensive home repairs, like replacing frozen pipes.

Take Control of Your Comfort

For complete comfort at home all year long, don’t forget factors beyond temperature, like humidity levels and air quality. Seider can help you with these, too—as well as electrical installation and repair services. We proudly serve homeowners like you throughout Greater Milwaukee from our Waukesha and Menomonee Falls locations, so contact us to learn more or schedule your free estimate.