What’s the Ideal Temperature Setting for Your AC?
When it comes to the ideal setting for your air conditioner, everyone seems to have a different opinion. But when you really get down to it, the setting you should choose depends on what you want most. Is it more important to you to save money on your utility bill or to stay as cool and comfortable as possible throughout your home?
Of course, the higher you set the temperature on your thermostat during the warmer months, the lower your utility bills will be. And your AC unit will also experience less wear and tear, as it doesn’t have to work as hard.
The ENERGY STAR program recommends setting the thermostat on your AC unit to 78 degrees Fahrenheit. However, whether or not this temperature is right for you ultimately depends on your personal comfort level.
If 78 degrees is just too hot for you, try lowering the temperature one degree at a time on a hot day until you find the temperature where you feel the most comfortable. But keep in mind that with each degree you drop the setting, your AC unit will use more energy and your utility bill will be higher.
Another way to save money on utility bills is to raise the temperature on your thermostat during the summer when you go to bed at night or when you’re going to be away from home for several hours or longer. ENERGY STAR suggests adjusting the temperature by 5-8 degrees during these times to save energy. And turning your thermostat up even higher by 10-15 degrees for 8 hours can lower your utility bills by as much as 10%.
If adjusting your thermostat manually for different situations or times of day sounds like too much work, a programmable thermostat might be a great option for you. These thermostats automatically adjust the temperature for you during set time periods each day so you don’t have to think about doing it.
Contact us today to learn more about programmable thermostats. We also design, install, service and repair all brands of air conditioners.