When the sweltering summer heat hits, everyone scrambles to the nearest thermostat to get the cold air flowing. But the right AC temperature isn’t just about staying comfortable. It’s also about energy efficiency and reducing your utility bills. So, what’s the magic number? The answer depends on your specific needs and the time of day. Explore the optimal AC temperatures when you’re at home, away and when you are sleeping.
The recommended daytime, at-home temperature for your AC is 78 degrees. This number may seem surprisingly high, but the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) says it balances comfort and energy efficiency. Here are some tips to help keep yourself cool at 78 degrees:
The DOE recommends setting the temperature back 7 to 10 degrees when you’re not home for eight hours, which can save up to 10 percent on your cooling costs. Installing a programmable thermostat is the easiest way to save without sacrificing comfort.
This upgrade allows you to automatically adjust the temperature at different times of the day or week based on your schedule, reducing your energy bills without sacrificing comfort. The trick is to use your programmable thermostat correctly. Here are some tips for harnessing its full power:
When it’s time for bed, the DOE recommends setting the temperature 4 degrees higher than your usual setting. However, many people find it hard to sleep in a hot room. This makes finding the right sleep temperature a real challenge. Thankfully, you can use several strategies to beat the heat while you drift off to sleep:
Balancing indoor comfort and energy efficiency can be tricky. Why spend all summer guessing at the right AC temperatures when Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing can help you make the most of your system? Our reliable, cost-effective AC services in the U.S. are backed by a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee, so you can choose us with complete confidence. Call 866-397-3787 today to schedule the premium services you need with Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing.
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