Having your air conditioning running during the summer months allows you to enjoy the benefits of warm weather without overheating in your home. However, your AC unit requires a lot of energy since it needs to run continuously to keep your home cool. To stay eco-minded and save some money, here are a few tips on recommended home thermostat settings as well as a few ways to stay cool without your AC on blast.
Best Temperature for Warm Months
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the recommended temperature for your home in summer is 78 degrees Fahrenheit. This may sound a little warm, but it’s based on several factors aimed to optimize the energy use of your AC unit at home. However, it comes down to personal preferences and many prefer it to be cooler than 78 degrees inside. If you are trying to avoid turning down the thermostat, there are other things you can do to make your home a comfortable climate.
Turn Your Ceiling Fans On
Your ceiling fan consumes less energy to cool down your home and as a result, makes less of an impact on your electric bill. Make sure to keep ceiling fans on while you are in the same room and turn it off when you leave. This is a great way to decrease the temperature inside without touching the thermostat.
Open your Windows in the Mornings or Evenings
If it’s cooler during the mornings and evenings in your region, utilize your windows as a way to circulate air flow. Open your windows when the temperature isn’t as hot outside but remember to close them as the day heats up. If you have curtains and don't mind a little less light, close your curtains during the day to avoid additional heat from sunshine.
Raise the Thermostat While You’re Away
When you're out of the house, there is no reason to keep your home cool. Turn up your thermostat when your home is vacant to save on your energy bills. If you aren’t sure what you should set it at, the general rule of thumb is the closer the indoor temperature is to the outside temperature, the better.
Upgrade Your Air Conditioner
If you find that your AC unit is constantly running but not lowering the temperature indoors, it's time to get your unit repaired or upgraded. Call an HVAC expert to help you find the best system for your home and make sure everything is running properly in time for the hot, summer months.