Air conditioning systems offer you a much-needed respite from the intense summer heat. The system can keep your home cool and comfortable for you to come back to after a long and tiring day at work in the heat.
Unfortunately, as the temperatures start going up, so do the bills as your HVAC system works harder to keep your home cool. Many people do not realize that it is easy to cut down on excessive energy bills if they learn how to manage their thermostat settings.
Keeping your home cool and comfortable during the summer while ensuring that the bills do not get too high requires finding a delicate balance in your thermostat’s settings during the summer.
Ideal Temperature Settings When You’re Home
The US Department of Energy recommends setting your thermostat to 78°F during the day when people are home. Setting the thermostat to this temperature is just enough to make sure that your home is cool and comfortable without resulting in unusually high electricity bills. Remember that the goal is to keep your home comfortable. You do not need your AC to make you and your family need socks, sweatpants, and sweatshirts while you’re at home.
The Best Thermostat Settings When You’re Not Home
Many people prefer leaving their thermostat in the same setting when they head out so that their home is cool when they come back. Keeping your house slightly warmer when you are not at home can help you save a lot more money this summer by reducing your electricity bills.
Turning up the thermostat by around 10°F if you are going out of the house can help you save on your energy bills. A higher indoor temperature can reduce heat flow into your home, so it will not take as much energy to cool down your house when you return home and lower the temperature settings.
Thermostat Settings at Night to Save This Summer
Things tend to start feeling better during the summers after the sun goes down. The average temperature outside can drop to more bearable levels, but it does not mean that you can turn off the AC.
We recommend turning up the temperature settings by 7–10°F at night compared to the setting you had during the day. It takes a lot less effort for your HVAC to keep the home cool during the night because there is no active heat gain from the sun. Turning up the settings just enough can help you significantly reduce cooling costs without making indoor temperatures uncomfortable.
Are You Facing Air Conditioning Problems?
If you are using these tips to keep your home cool this summer while reducing cooling costs, but you aren’t seeing a significant drop in your electric bills? It could be a sign that there is a problem in your HVAC system, causing it to become inefficient. We advise calling in a team of qualified professionals to detect and address the problem before it leads to expensive repairs.
Gowland’s Heating & A/C believes in “Relationship over revenue!” Call our team when you need quality air conditioning service.