Throughout different times of the year, you will need to adjust the temperature of your air conditioning unit to keep your house comfortable. Summertime is no different. However, the best temperature setting for your comfort level may not align with the best setting to save on energy costs. It may come as a shock to learn that the optimal temperature setting for summer is much higher than many people realize.
The Ideal A/C Temperature
According to the United States Department of Energy, the best temperature to set your A/C unit to is 78 degrees Fahrenheit. This is because air conditioning units require a lot of energy to keep your house cool. In fact, they require more energy than any other appliance or system in your home.
Many people prefer to keep their temperature set between 72 and 74 degrees Fahrenheit. It is generally much warmer than that outside during the summer months, and it requires a lot more energy for the A/C unit to cool a house to that temperature.
How to Reduce Energy Costs
Setting your temperature to 78 degrees can cut your electricity bill by over 25%. Although this setting may not be comfortable to many, there are things that you can do to cool your house off while keeping your thermostat set at a higher temperature.
Keeping your windows open on cool evenings and early mornings can help lower the temperature of your home. Utilizing ceiling fans adds an extra cooling layer as well. You can also use either a programmable A/C unit or your thermostat and A/C unit themselves to turn the temperature up higher when you’re not home.
Additionally, improving the ventilation and switching to energy-efficient lighting have also been known to keep your house cooler and keep your energy bill lower.
Contact Us Today
You don’t want to face the summer’s scorching heat without a working A/C unit. If you are experiencing problems or just want to make sure your unit is set for the summer, get in touch with us today.