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We all recognize that beating the heat has a lot to do with using an air conditioner in an effective manner. However, it’s unlikely that we think about how the thermostat, essentially the brain of the air conditioner, specifically impacts the effectiveness of the air conditioning quality, or how our use of the thermostat affects overall performance.

Basically, the thermostat turns the cooling functionality of the air conditioner either on or off, rather like a light switch would. Because the thermostat is the ‘smart’ part, or the brains of the unit it can sense when the interior is hotter than the inputted setting, or when it is cooler. In either situation, it kicks in by going on or off to compensate and return the temperature to the desired median degree, which by the way is recommended to stay at about 78 degrees for maximal efficiency and the highest degree of comfort for most people.

When we monkey with this system, for example by lowering the thermostat, we are in essence insisting that the system take longer to reach that median temperature, which ultimately is not efficient. It also stresses out the system. And if there is indeed something is wrong with the unit all of the lowering in the world will not help. In such an event the only thing to do is call in a pro.

Key Takeaways:

  • Your thermostat is actually the brains of your heating and cooling system, because it can sense temperature shifts.
  • Your thermostat knows when the temperature has gone above or below the inputted median suggested temperature and goes on or off to regulate the difference.
  • When you force the thermostat below where it normally is you are making it take longer to do its job and stressing out the system.

“Summers can be quite enjoyable. But let’s face it, they get hot, and that heat can become unbearable after a while.”

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