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Leave That Thermostat Alone!

Everyone wants to save money on their air conditioning in Fort Wayne by adjusting the temperature when they are away from home. The basic idea is a good one, but in order for it to work you must do it correctly.

Many people seem to think it’s a good idea to turn the AC off when they leave for work. After all, wouldn’t they save money and energy by not running the A/C for nine hours? In theory, it may seem like a good idea, but the reality is the strategy actually backfires and often ends up costing people more money in higher monthly bills.

When it’s hot outside and you turn off your air conditioner during the summer heat in Decatur, Angola and the surrounding area, the inside temperature will skyrocket. When you return at 5:00 in the afternoon you may find your home is at 83 degrees or warmer. Plus, it’s now stuffy and humid.

Frustrated, you turn your thermostat down to 65 degrees in an attempt to get your home back down to 72 degrees faster. Hours later the air conditioner is still running and your home still isn’t cool.

If you’re out all day with the air conditioning off, it’s going to take a massive amount of work for your system to be able to bring a stifling hot house down to the temperature you are comfortable with.

Cranking the thermostat to 65 degrees to get your home to 72 degrees just compounds the problem and isn’t going to make a difference. The air is going to remain moving at a set rate of speed. By undercutting the desired temperature, the only thing you’re doing is wasting energy and money.

Here’s a more sensible approach:

  • Turn the thermostat up when you leave, but not off
  • If you typically have it set at 72, turn it up to 78 degrees
  • When you come home cool the house down gradually turning the thermostat down 2-3 degrees at a time

All of this is a whole lot easier if you invest in a programmable thermostat, which can let the house warm a bit during your time away and gradually lower the temperature to the right level before you return.

Masters Heating & Cooling features two brands of programmable thermostats:

honeywell programmable thermostatHoneywell: A leader in system controls, this U.S. company gives users many options. There are thermostats with touchscreens and some are even voice controlled. Several are WiFi enabled, so you can control your system remotely.



trane programmable thermostatTrane: An industry leader for heating and cooling in Fort Wayne, Trane’s programmable thermostats work in conjunction with the Nexia home automation software. Just download the Nexia App to your mobile device and you are in control of your home, no matter where you are.

Setting your new programmable thermostat up 7-10 degrees while you’re away can not only save you up to 10% on your bills each month, but can also allow you to leave that thermostat alone. Contact Masters Heating & Cooling, your Angola air conditioning repair and service experts, for help with all your cooling needs.

Call Masters Heating and Air Conditioning at (866) 297-6001 this summer. Masters gets there faster now with 4 locations to serve you in Fort Wayne, Decatur, Angola, Indianapolis and surrounding areas!

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