Ever feel like the summer months are a constant battle with the thermostat? The season’s high outdoor temperatures can cause your utility bill to skyrocket, and yet you’ll still want to stay cool and comfortable inside your home – without racking up the expenses.
Here are some thermostat-related tips that will help you maintain a nice temperature in your home without incurring a hefty bill from your electric company.
When you’re at home: Set the thermostat at 78 degrees and turn on the fan. This temperature might seem a little high for some of us, but going any colder is sure to increase your bill. Try to keep your home cool in other ways, like using fans for air circulation, or covering the sun-facing windows with curtains.
When you’re at work or away for the weekend: Turn the thermostat up to 85 degrees. There’s no reason to waste money and energy on cooling an empty house. If you hate the thought of returning to a stuffy home, consider purchasing a programmable thermostat that can cool things down right before you arrive. That way, you can save money for most of your absence, but still feel comfortable when you come home.
When you’re sleeping: Turn the temperature down to 74 degrees. This is going to be the most expensive part of your daily electricity usage, but it’s necessary. Science has found that people get the best sleep when the temperature is between 60 and 67 degrees. That might not be feasible for your wallet during the summer, but at least keep it in the low 70s to get the best sleep possible.
When you try these AC settings, but still feel like your home isn’t comfortable, or that you’re spending too much money on the power bill, you may need to have a trained technician assess your system. Robert B. Payne Inc. can help spot issues in your HVAC system, install programmable thermostats, or even recommend new technology that will save you money.