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What Your Air Conditioning Setting Means

Air Conditioning Thermostat The Minneapolis summer has been hot so far!  Of course you want to make sure your home remains cool, but you also want to make sure you are not spending more money than necessary on your cooling bill this time of year.  On your thermostat you have two options and many people may be making the wrong decision when it comes to their thermostat setting.  We recommend also leaving your Minneapolis air conditioning turned to the “on” position, rather than “auto.”

In the Midwest, most home are equipped with basements. Turning a thermostat to the “on” position aids with the flow of air between floors and maintains a comfortable temperature throughout your home. The coolest air will naturally reside in the basement, but a cooling system should be collecting air from the top and bottom floors of your home and mixing it together. This ensure even cooling of your home, whereas leaving the air conditioner in the auto position can result in cool air collecting in the basement.

Location & Type of Thermostat Affects Efficiency

Just as enabling the wrong setting on your thermostat can affect efficiency, so can the location of your thermostat. You’ll want to read the manufacturer’s installation instructions to prevent unnecessary air conditioner cycling. Place thermostats away from direct sunlight, drafts, doorways, skylights and windows.

Although some sources imply that leveraging a programmable thermostat, to keep your home at  warm temperature while you are away from home during the day, you can save money on your heating bill, our recommendation is to not leverage a programmable thermostat in this way.  Central air conditioning systems are designed to maintain temperature levels, not recover to a cooler temperature.  Therefore leaving the thermostat at the same temperature throughout the day is the best plan in order to minimize discomfort.  .

If you need service on your heating or air conditioning system, call Welter Heating and Air Conditioning 612-825-6867 for service or installation.

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What Your Air Conditioning Setting Means

Air Conditioning Thermostat The Minneapolis summer has been hot so far!  Of course you want to make sure your home remains cool, but you also want to make sure you are not spending more money than necessary on your cooling bill this time of year.  On your thermostat you have two options and many people may be making the wrong decision when it comes to their thermostat setting.  We recommend also leaving your Minneapolis air conditioning turned to the “on” position, rather than “auto.”

In the Midwest, most home are equipped with basements. Turning a thermostat to the “on” position aids with the flow of air between floors and maintains a comfortable temperature throughout your home. The coolest air will naturally reside in the basement, but a cooling system should be collecting air from the top and bottom floors of your home and mixing it together. This ensure even cooling of your home, whereas leaving the air conditioner in the auto position can result in cool air collecting in the basement.

Location & Type of Thermostat Affects Efficiency

Just as enabling the wrong setting on your thermostat can affect efficiency, so can the location of your thermostat. You’ll want to read the manufacturer’s installation instructions to prevent unnecessary air conditioner cycling. Place thermostats away from direct sunlight, drafts, doorways, skylights and windows.

Although some sources imply that leveraging a programmable thermostat, to keep your home at  warm temperature while you are away from home during the day, you can save money on your heating bill, our recommendation is to not leverage a programmable thermostat in this way.  Central air conditioning systems are designed to maintain temperature levels, not recover to a cooler temperature.  Therefore leaving the thermostat at the same temperature throughout the day is the best plan in order to minimize discomfort.  .

If you need service on your heating or air conditioning system, call Welter Heating and Air Conditioning 612-825-6867 for service or installation.

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