When the hot summer months get here we will be tempted to run our air conditioners 24/7. This is not friendly to the environment or to our wallets, so what can you do? How can you find a temperature that the whole family can agree on and one that will be easy on your bank account and the environment?
Recommended Heating & Cooling Temperatures
Energy Star suggests setting your air conditioner to no lower than 78 degrees Fahrenheit to get the most out of your home’s energy efficiency. This will give you lower energy costs. This temperature setting is like a pleasant spring day and close to the national average high temperature in May. Set the thermostat at 78-degrees for a few days and go about your daily tasks. Ask yourself and your family members if they’re comfortable and if they’d be able to live with the temperature a few degrees warmer. If the answer is yes, you can save yourself some money.
How to Increase & Boost AC Cooling Performance in a Room or Whole House
If you really want to keep the temperature at 78 degrees and are finding it a little uncomfortable, you can try a few things before lowering the temperature on the thermostat. Help the HVAC out by turning on the ceiling fans in your home. They work great at circulating the cool air and will pull the warm air up and away. If you don’t have ceiling fans, then use electrical fans. These are low energy options you can use without lowering the AC temperature. Using drapes to block out the sun can play a big part in bringing down the interior temperature of your home. Make sure your home has proper insulation to prevent the temperature from the outside getting into your home. Another way you can keep the house from getting too warm is to use your appliances wisely. Use the clothes dryer in off-peak hours or use the great outdoors to dry your clothes. Use the stove early in the morning if you can or use the BBQ and eat outside. Wear cotton or linen to stay cooler and make sure you stay hydrated. Drink lots of water rather than sugary, caffeinated drinks to keep you cool and to prevent dehydration. With lots of settings it’s easy to set it according to the needs of your family at different times of the day. Thermostat settings like wake, leave, return and sleep allow your air conditioner to work more efficiently by dehumidifying your home when you’re there and saving energy when you’re asleep or away.
Air Conditioning Services in Springfield, Granby, Holyoke, South Hadley, Monson, Chicopee & Agawam Massachusetts
If your take steps to take care of your air conditioner it will do the same for you. Make sure you have regular maintenance done to ensure it is performing optimally. Maintenance includes cleaning the blower component, condenser coils and the evaporator every year. Check the filters every month when you’re running your air conditioner a lot and make sure the refrigerant fluid is being used at a normal rate. If your HVAC system is older than 10 years, you should consider replacing it with one that is more energy efficient. Look for one with an Energy Star rating. Ambient Heating & Air Conditioning can answer any questions you have concerning your air conditioning needs. Give us a call today!