Keep your thermostat set at this temperature to improve your home’s energy efficiency this summer.
Do you want to know how you can boost the energy efficiency of your home? Summer days bring high temperatures, and summer nights don’t get much cooler. If you’re like many homeowners, you find yourself cranking up the A/C to get relief. But this behavior will cause a spike in your energy bills. Here’s how you can prevent that from happening.
Know the Magic Number for Your Thermostat
Don't set your A/C for arctic temperatures this summer. Instead, it’s best to keep your thermostat set at a constant number even if it's burning up outside. For most people, this number is 78-degrees. Every decrease in the temperature will increase your energy bill, and nobody wants that to happen.
Make It Warmer When You’re Away
Most people don’t stay inside their home 24/7. If you leave for work or to run errands, program your thermostat higher. While it may sound uncomfortable, you can set the temperature at 88-degrees while you’re away. This may decrease your energy bill by 10 percent or more!
What If You’re Still Too Hot?
While experts agree that 78-degrees is the ideal temperature, you may not feel the same. Perhaps you enjoy snuggling under a blanket all year long. Or, maybe you were a penguin in a past life. Whatever the reason, you should try running a ceiling fan or box fan while you’re at home. You can even turn on a dehumidifier to keep humidity levels at bay.
To make things even more comfortable, consider upgrading to a smart thermostat. This will allow you to preset the temperature of your house based on when you want it cooler and when it can be warmer. It can also reduce the temptation to change the temperature throughout the day. Our team at H.H. Hovey Heating and Cooling can help you select the perfect thermostat for your home. Contact us when you’re ready to increase the energy efficiency of your home with a new thermostat.