On a hot day in Bel Air, it’s tempting to crank up the air conditioning to make sure you stay comfortable. But if you’re not careful with the thermostat, you might cringe the next time you see your energy bill.
Energy Star’s recommended temperature for staying cool and keeping energy bills low is 78 degrees. This is the temperature of a nice spring day when it’s comfortable to spend time on the patio.
To save even more, try raising the temperature a degree or two when you’re home. If you’re cool enough at 78, 79 might not be bad and can save you a few dollars a month.
If 78 is too warm for you, lower it one degree at a time. You may need to lower the thermostat a degree or two at night in order to sleep comfortably, but try to use fans first and see if that helps you stay cool.
When you leave the house, raise the thermostat 3 to 5 degrees. While you’re at work and the kids are at camps, it doesn’t make sense to keep the house comfortable. If you have pets they will find the coolest spot to lay, so don’t bypass the opportunity to reduce energy bills just to keep them comfortable.
Install a programmable or smart thermostat. When you settle on the temperatures that work for you when you’re home, at night, and when you’re away, program the thermostat for wake-up time, the time you leave home, the time you return home, and when you go to sleep. This is the best way to save on energy bills by making your AC work more efficiently. If you have a smart thermostat, you can control your home’s temperature from your phone if you’re not going to be home at the regular time.
Call One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning for Questions About Thermostats
Our HVAC experts have serviced and installed thermostats for many years, and we’d be happy to answer questions about your home’s temperature and recommend the best thermostat for you. Give us a call!