Do you know the ideal temperature to set your thermostat at during the summer?
Let’s face it – we want to have a comfortable home during the summer, but we don’t want to rack up a big utility bill. Although it’s tempting to drop the thermostat down to 68°F on a 100°F day, this could make your utility bills skyrocket.
Summer may be ending, but that does not mean that Mother Nature does not still have some hot days in store for us. Here are some things you can do to lower the impact on your air conditioner on your utility bill AND make sure that you are experiencing premium home comfort.
The Department of Energy recommends setting your thermostat to 78°F when you are home. Seem a little bit warm? Well, the important thing to remember is to set your ideal temperature and leave it be (unless you have a programmable thermostat).
If you have a programmable thermostat, adjust your settings so that your home is warmer when you are not home. This way you won’t waste precious cooling dollars on an empty home.
Try lowering the humidity. Not only will a lower humidity level help prevent mold growth, but it will make your home feel cooler as well. Just remember to not set it TOO low. You don’t wnat your home to suffer from dry air.
Don’t dramatically plunge your temperature settings when your air conditioner starts. A lower temperature setting will not cool your home any more quickly – your air conditioner will just run longer and rack up a higher bill.
If you feel like you are doing everything right, but your electric bill seems unreasonably high, get in touch with your local heating and air conditioning contractor. They can look at your system and diagnose any issues, if they exist.
What do you set your thermostat at during the summer?
I usually leave my AC on 80 when I’m gone for the day. Going to try 78 now!
This is such great advice. Adjustable thermostats are a great way to save on your utility bills. Thanks.