A thermostat is a crucial component of your air conditioning (AC) system that allows you to control and maintain the desired temperature in your home. However, incorrect usage of the thermostat can lead to potential issues and even damage your AC unit. It’s essential to understand how to use your thermostat effectively to maximize comfort and avoid unnecessary maintenance requests. Here are some key points to keep in mind:
1️⃣ Temperature Settings: Set your thermostat to a comfortable temperature range, typically between 72 to 78 degrees Fahrenheit (22 to 25 degrees Celsius) during the summer. Setting it too low can strain your AC system, increase energy consumption, and potentially cause damage.
2️⃣ Fan Setting: Choose the appropriate fan setting on your thermostat. In most cases, the “Auto” setting is recommended, as it allows the fan to run only when the AC is actively cooling. This setting helps maintain a consistent temperature and saves energy. The “On” setting continuously runs the fan, which may lead to unnecessary energy usage.
3️⃣ Programming: If your thermostat has programmable features, take advantage of them. Set different temperature levels for different times of the day, optimizing energy usage while ensuring comfort when you’re home. Avoid abrupt temperature changes as it can strain the AC system.
4️⃣ Extreme Weather Considerations: Understand that during periods of extreme heat or high humidity, your AC unit may struggle to keep up with the desired temperature. This is normal as AC systems have limitations. Avoid setting the thermostat to excessively low temperatures in an attempt to cool the house faster. Instead, be patient and give the system time to regulate the temperature gradually.
5️⃣ Preventive Maintenance: Regularly maintain your AC system to keep it running smoothly. Tenants are responsible to replace air filters monthly, your filter size is in your move-in folder, or you can email your property manager for size information! Keep the outdoor unit free from debris and ensure proper airflow. However, if your AC is unable to maintain the desired temperature during extreme weather, refrain from immediately putting in a maintenance request as it may simply be a result of the system’s limitations.
6️⃣ Request HVAC Professional: If you notice a significant decrease in cooling efficiency, unusual noises, or any other signs of AC malfunction, it’s best to put in a maintenance request on TWA so that we can schedule an HVAC technician. They can diagnose and address any issues to prevent further damage and ensure optimal performance. Please note that during summer and winter months, these professionals can take a little longer to come out as their schedule fills up quickly!
Remember, understanding your thermostat and using it correctly is vital for efficient AC operation and longevity. By following these guidelines, you can maintain a comfortable indoor environment and reduce the risk of unnecessary maintenance requests. Stay cool and enjoy a well-functioning AC system!
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