Summer is finally here, which means longer days, outdoor activities, and intense heat waves. When it comes to controlling the temperature and humidity inside your home, finding the perfect balance can be tricky. But did you know that setting your thermostat to 78 degrees during the summer can actually save you money on your monthly utility bill? The United States Department of Energy recommends this temperature for optimal energy efficiency.
If this temperature falls out of your comfort zone, there are several ways to make your home feel comfortable without causing your energy bill to skyrocket. In fact, for each degree, you set above 72, you can save up to 3% on your cooling costs.
First, consider increasing your indoor temperature while you’re away from home. By setting your thermostat to a higher temperature or using a smart thermostat to adjust automatically, you can save up to 10% on your energy bill. Additionally, try changing the direction of your ceiling fan to counterclockwise during the summer months. This creates a cool breeze by pushing air down, making the room feel up to four degrees cooler and allowing you to increase your air conditioner temperature by two to three degrees.
It’s also important to perform seasonal maintenance on your air conditioning unit to ensure it performs optimally, has proper refrigerant levels, and is cooling efficiently. Simple fixes like sealing leaky air ducts and improving insulation can save you even more money in the long run. Our team of trained, certified professionals can support you in replacing an aging air conditioning unit and keep your HVAC system running smoothly.
With these tips in mind, you can stay cool and comfortable all summer long without breaking the bank. Contact The Waterworks Heating & Cooling experts to learn more about how we can optimize your energy efficiency and keep you comfortable year-round.