We get this question a lot, and we know it can be tough to figure out. You don’t want to set the temperature so high that you’re uncomfortable, but you don’t want to lower it so much that your monthly bills skyrocket. So what’s the best temperature for your home?
Why You Shouldn’t Set the Temperature Too Low
One of the biggest mistakes people make when running their air conditioning systems is setting the temperature on the thermostat too low. Many assume that lowering the temperature to an extreme degree will help the house to cool off faster—but this simply isn’t true. The air conditioner will run at the same speed it always does, dropping below comfortable temperatures and continuing to use energy and cost you money.
It’s important to find a temperature that everyone in the home can be comfortable with, within reason. The Department of Energy recommends that you keep the temperature at about 78° Fahrenheit while you are at home in the summertime. We tend to agree with this recommendation, but sit down and discuss an ideal temperature with your family members to find something efficient but comfortable enough for all of your family members.
Get to Know Your Thermostat
It’s important that you know how to program your thermostat so that your home is running efficiently whether you are there or away. Get to know how your programmable thermostat works. Read the manual, find an online guide for your thermostat model, or talk to a technician. You should be able to program the thermostat so that it automatically adjusts around bedtime or when you plan to be away, so that you can save some money. If your thermostat does not have such programmable features, it’s time for an upgrade.