As the blazing temperatures of summer continue, many homeowners seek refuge through the solace of their air conditioning systems – which is totally reasonable! It’s hot out here! Unfortunately, with the comfort of technology also comes the price of technology. In short, running your AC nonstop isn’t exactly cheap. Energy consumption is a real thing. So, what can you do in this climatic conundrum? Well, first off…rest easy. Five Star Heating & Cooling Group has got you covered! Next, join us today as we discuss balancing the ability to keep your household cool while still controlling your energy consumption this summer.
Is There a Recommended AC Setting?
We stand by the belief that there is no one “magic number” for everyone, everywhere. What works for one family in one place may not work for another. However, there is a good starting point to help you narrow down your optimal AC setting. The U.S. Department of Energy actually suggests that the ideal air conditioning temperature is 78°F (26°C). Now, we know this sounds a little high, but remember, what works for someone else, may not work well for you, and that’s quite alright! Knowing this temperature should help you kickstart the process of finding what works best for you and your family!
Is There a Recommended Way to Find Your Ideal AC Setting?
Now that you have a number in mind, you can start by setting your thermostat at the recommended temperature of 78°F. Then allow for at least a few hours to pass by, giving your AC sufficient time to adjust to the new temperature setting and to see how your household reacts to the temperature change. Once several hours have passed, you can readjust your temperature 1 or 2 degrees at a time as needed. Continue this strategy over the next few days until you land on a temperature that will keep your family cool and comfortable, resulting in reduced energy consumption.
Is There a Recommended AC Setting to Use When You’re Away from Home?
Since summer is a time for vacations and weekend getaways, you may find yourself in a position where your home is left empty, and no one is around to enjoy your running air conditioner. What should you do? Turning your AC off completely is out of the question because you don’t want the heat and humidity spiking inside your home and causing damage – especially if you have houseplants, art or collectibles, or even small pets (I.e., a fish tank, etc.) So, if you have some summer fun scheduled, don’t let that ruin your plans. Simply set your thermostat 10 degrees higher than your normal AC setting before you leave the house. This is a good rule of thumb, as it will decrease your energy usage without risking any damage to your home or any items in it. Doing this can even help you save up to 5-15% on energy costs!
Is There a Recommended Thermostat to Use?
If you do not already have a smart thermostat, now is a great time to start thinking about getting one! Since energy savings are on your mind, a smart thermostat would be the perfect tool to help achieve your energy savings goal. With a smart thermostat, you can adjust your temperature settings to rotate around your daily work routine, resulting in an energy-efficient schedule. Sounds great, right? It gets better! Picture this; you planned a grand, elaborate family vacation, but amidst the hustle and bustle of everything, you forgot to raise your thermostat’s settings before you left the house. Now you will be gone for over a week, with your air conditioner running full force. But wait – aha! You can adjust your AC settings from the convenience of your smartphone! Now you can enjoy your trip without worrying about unnecessary energy consumption.
On top of that, you can even readjust your temperature to lower back down to a more comfortable level upon your return; that way, as soon as you walk back into your home, you can still relax. So, if you have a busy summer ahead of you and you are not yet the proud owner of a smart thermostat, what do you have to lose? Give us a call at your convenience, and we’d be glad to answer any questions for you!
Staying cool and comfortable while controlling your monthly energy consumption may be tricky, but it’s not out of the question! Call Five Star Heating & Cooling Group today at (614) 490-7550, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!