Did you know air conditioning costs approximately $29 billion to homeowners each year, with your AC using 6% of all energy produced in the United States?
That’s a lot of money. But there are ways you can cut this expense down.
In addition to making sure your air conditioning is in top repair, you can also choose a certain AC temperature to lower your monthly bill.
Let’s take a look at how you can use your thermostat settings to save money.
There is no all-time best AC temperature. The correct setting varies depending on the climate you live in.
If you’re living in a dry arid desert climate, you’ll be more acclimated to higher temperatures. And the converse is true for those living in cold climates.
Basically, you want to keep your thermostat 5-10 degrees cooler than your ideal indoor temperature in the winter.
Most of us like to be warm and snuggly at night, at the perfect sleeping room temperature. Even when you bring out the wool blankets, fuzzy socks and flannel pajamas, breathing in cold air while you sleep can still be annoying.
If you can bear it, keeping your thermostat at 64-68 degrees at night can put a major dent in your electricity bill.
You’ll save an estimated 3% on your AC costs for every degree you raise the temperature.
A programmable thermostat makes it a lot easier to maintain the best temperatures. But if your daily schedule changes regularly, it may do just as well to manually adjust your AC temperature.
When someone is at home, the best temperature to set it on is 78 degrees Fahrenheit. And 85 degrees when you’re out of the home.
If you and your family leave for a long weekend, and you don’t leave any animals in the house, you can set your thermostat to 88. Just remember to put any fruits, vegetables, chocolate or the like in the refrigerator.
You can still stay warm and snuggly in your bed by setting the thermostat to 82 and using a light sheet for your bed rather than a comforter.
Humidity Versus Dry Air
Humidity does affect how we perceive temperature. Because we can’t sweat as much in high humidity due to the moisture in the air, we feel warmer than the temperature suggests.
You can take this into account when adjusting your thermostat. For desert climates like Arizona, the air will be only minimally affected by humidity.
Extra Tips For Lowering Your Bill
There are many energy saving myths out there, and you want to make sure you’re getting legitimate tips.
For winter months, try:
- Checking for and remedying all drafts in your home
- Leaving the oven open after baking
- Running ceiling fans in reverse to push warm air down
For summer months, ideas include:
- Unplugging not-in-use appliances
- Opening windows to let out the heat at night
- Covering your windows to block out sunlight
Keeping Your AC Temperature Running Efficiently
Money doesn’t grow on trees. You want to stretch your hard earned dollar as far as it can go. And using the perfect AC temperature is a great place to start.
For more ways to keep your home energy efficient and warm throughout the winter months and cool throughout the summer, check out our services today.
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