The optimal temperature setting for your AC during hot summer months balances comfort with energy savings. Start with the most efficient setting. The recommended temperature is 78 degrees when you are at home. An increase of 7 to 10 degrees, while you’re away, can save up to 10 percent on your cooling bills.
Use of a programmable thermostat can help ensure money-saving temperature adjustments happen. For more efficiency, consider installing a Wi-Fi thermostat. Maintaining the smallest difference between indoor and outdoor temperatures provides the most savings. Weather is often unpredictable. But with a smart thermostat, you can change your AC settings from anywhere. Adjust your AC temperature with your smartphone when outdoor temperatures change unexpectedly.
If you’re not used to a 78-degree AC setting, it may feel uncomfortable at first. Resist the temptation to lower your AC temperature. Instead, apply some cost-effective methods for keeping cool. These ideas can help cool you down for less:
You rely on your AC to stay cool in the summer. Give it the TLC it requires for top performance. Replace the filter as needed. This may be monthly during summer use. A good rule of thumb is to examine it once a month over 12 months. Note when it needs replacement. Use that info for your future replacement schedule.
An annual tuneup provides important professional AC maintenance. Schedule in the spring to make sure your unit will work properly before you need it. Plus, your HVAC technician is more likely to be available before peak AC season. Feel free to set up an appointment with Annette Hale’s Indoor Comfort Systems or give us a call for more information.