During summer, technology helps us to stay cool and comfortable indoors even when the temperature outside is incredibly hot. It’s already been a few weeks into summer, and your air conditioner surely has been working extremely hard. It will continue to work even harder in the upcoming months. Therefore, you may see a rise in your energy bills. But the good news is you can find an energy-efficient temperature setting that will help you keep your home cool and comfortable while also managing your energy usage. Come along with Mount Washington Heating & Cooling as we talk about learning how to find the most efficient AC setting for your home this summer. 


Know the Recommended AC Setting-   

Finding the perfect AC temperature that suits everyone is unlikely since what’s comfortable for one family may not be the same for another. However, we can offer a starting point. The U.S. Department of Energy suggests an ideal air conditioning temperature of 78°F (26°C). Although it may sound a little warm, it’s just a reference point. Your optimum temperature might vary from others, and that’s perfectly okay. Utilize this temperature as a baseline to help you decide the best temperature for you and your family. 

Discover Your Ideal AC Setting-    

Start by setting your thermostat to 78°F as recommended. Allow your AC a few hours to adjust before observing your family’s reaction. Gradually adjust the temperature by 1 or 2 degrees over the next few days until you identify the perfect temperature that keeps your family comfortable while reducing energy usage. 

Summer Vacations or Trips-    

During summer vacations or weekend getaways, you may worry about leaving your home vacant with the AC running. However, turning off the AC altogether is not advisable either, as it can cause heat and humidity damage to your belongings like houseplants, art, and collectibles or harm to small pets such as fish. Instead, adjust the thermostat by increasing it by 10 degrees before leaving. This general guideline can save you up to 5-15% on energy consumption. 

Use an Energy-Efficient Thermostat-  

While traditional thermostats work well and are great, smart thermostats are incredibly convenient and energy-efficient. Plus, a smart thermostat can help you save energy by allowing you to create a pre-set temperature based on your daily work routine. Still not convinced? Picture this: you’re going on a fun family vacation, but in the midst of getting everyone out the door, you forget to adjust your thermostat. You realize your air conditioner is running at full blast despite nobody being home. However, you luckily have a smart thermostat, and remember that you can use your phone to adjust the AC settings. This means you can enjoy your vacation without worrying about wasted electricity. Furthermore, you can set the temperature lower before returning home so that you can relax in a cool environment as soon as you arrive. 

This scenario may sound a little silly, but for those with a busy summer planned or who are apt to travel regularly, it’s a great option for convenience and energy efficiency! So, if you have a busy summer ahead and haven’t gotten a smart thermostat yet, don’t hesitate to call us with any questions. We’re glad to help and provide answers!    

Keeping your energy bills under control while maintaining a comfortable indoor temperature can be challenging, but it can be done! You can call Mount Washington Heating & Cooling for all your energy-saving and cooling needs today at (513) 655-5115 or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here

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