Finding the right indoor temperature during summer can be tricky. It’s easy to want to keep the air conditioning on blast, but that may not always be the most energy-efficient – or comfortable – option. The ideal indoor temperature for summer is usually between 72 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit.
Keeping your thermostat on the warmer side of this spectrum can come with many benefits. For example, your air conditioning unit won’t have to work so hard to keep your home cool, so it will cycle less often. That translates to less wear and tear on your HVAC system, which can reduce maintenance costs and reduce the chance of needing a critical repair.
Lower Thermostat Settings Can Save on Energy Costs
Of course, using your AC less also means saving on energy costs. Some of the year’s hottest temperatures occur between June and August, and many homeowners adjust the thermostat down to compensate. When it feels like it’s somewhere in the 80s or 90s in your home, it can be tempting to crank your thermostat to somewhere in the low 70s or 60s, but this can result in very high energy costs during the summer months.
To find your own sweet spot for temperature, try experimenting with different settings and see how it affects the comfort level inside your home. If you still feel too hot or cold after adjusting the thermostat to 72-78 degrees, then you can adjust the setting up or down by a few degrees.
Also, make sure to check your air filter regularly and replace it when necessary for the best air quality and circulation in your home. Keeping these tips in mind should help ensure that you stay comfortable while keeping energy bills low during those hot summer months.
Need a Cooler Environment? Try Adding Energy-Efficient Fans.
Everyone experiences ambient temperature differently. Some people prefer things on the warmer side, while others prefer their indoor environment to be much cooler than 78 degrees.
While you can always set your thermostat lower than this recommendation, it’s important to consider how much of a difference good air circulation in a room can make. Although fans (whether ceiling fans, floor fans, desk fans, etc.) don’t actually cool the air, they circulate air in a way that can create a wind chill effect that can feel several degrees cooler on your skin.
So, if a stale indoor environment of 78 degrees feels too warm for your liking, consider turning on energy-efficient fans to circulate indoor air and provide a bit of wind chill. Doing so can use much less energy than it takes to run your AC, and you will probably notice a difference in your energy bill when everything else remains the same.
Having Problems with Your AC? We Can Help!
At Bay Heating & Air Conditioning, we know that having a reliable air conditioning system is essential in keeping your home comfortable and cool during those hot summer months. That’s why our experienced team of technicians is dedicated to providing fast and dependable service for all your air conditioning needs.
We specialize in repairing, maintaining, and installing all types of air conditioning systems, from window units to central heating/cooling systems. Our technicians are highly trained in the latest HVAC technologies and can diagnose any issues quickly and efficiently. We also provide ongoing maintenance services to keep your system running reliably and smoothly.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact us online.