There’s a money-saving temperature for your thermostat this summer. What is it? Well, that depends. Take a look at some factors to consider.
What to Do When You’re at Home
When you’re at home, the most important thing is your comfort. But your energy efficiency is usually a pretty close second. How can you stay comfortable and stay cool at the same time? You should set your thermostat as high as you can without feeling too hot. Many experts recommend 78° as the ideal temperature to stay cool and control energy use. If that still feels too hot, you can drop it a degree or two for some relief. Another option would be to install a dehumidifier, which will help bring down the humidity level in your home. When your house feels dryer, it’s also going to feel cooler, even at higher temperatures.
What to Do When You’re Away from Home
When you aren’t home, you can bump up the temperature more to save even more. You can go as much as 10° higher when you’re not at home, which will help you use up to 10% on your energy bills. You don’t want to go higher than that, or it will take excess energy to cool it back down when you get home, wiping out your cost savings. The exception to this strategy is if you have pets at home who need cooler temperatures for comfort and safety.
If you feel like you’re doing the right things with your thermostat ad you still aren’t seeing an impact on your energy bills, it might be time to talk to an HVAC professional. Contact the team at H.H. Hovey Heating and Cooling, Inc. to find out more about how you can save money on your cooling this summer.