Comfort is not the only factor to consider when setting your air conditioning system’s temperature during the hottest summer months – there’s the cost of your energy bill too. Here are some insights into the best setting for your air conditioning or HVAC system for the summer months.
The Best Temperature for Energy Savings
According to energy.gov, the optimal setting to ensure comfort and energy savings is 78 degrees. By changing your thermostat by just 7-10 degrees for 8 hours a day, you can save an incredible 10% of your energy bill each year.
Here’s how to get the most savings using a programmable thermostat.
- Se your thermostat to a warmer temperature for the hours that you are away at work, having it start to cool your home in the hour before you arrive back.
- Don’t set your thermostat to a temperature that is lower than where you want it to be. This won’t cool your home any faster and it puts a lot of extra pressure on your air conditioning system, which causes your energy bill to rocket up and your unit to wear down more rapidly.
- Try to set your thermostat to a temperature that is closer to the outdoor temperature. It sounds counterintuitive, but it works! This is because this actually slows the flow of heat into your home, saving energy and making it cooler. If your system includes a dehumidifier, this helps even more as less humidity in the home makes it feel cooler and more comfortable even if the temperature isn’t too different from the outdoor environment.
- Install your thermostat correctly. The location of your thermostat is very important, as this can trigger inaccurate temperature or “ghost” readings as well as unnecessary air conditioning system or HVAC system cycling. It should be on an interior wall, out of direct sunlight (from windows as well as skylights) and drafts, with no furniture blocking it.
Air Conditioner Installation and Parts from HVAC System Specialists in NJ
At Crosstown Plumbing Supply, we have a wide range of high-efficiency central air systems, condensers, dehumidifiers and ductless air conditioners that offer exceptional temperature control and air quality while using minimal energy. We also have all the parts you’ll need for maintaining or repairing your air conditioning system. Customers can also benefit from our 3.5% NJ sales tax! As plumbing supply specialists, we can also recommend air conditioning and HVAC companies to assist you with your repairs.
For more information on our air conditioners and HVAC system solutions, as well as to have any of your cooling system air questions answered, please visit our website at http://crosstownplumbing.com/ or contact us today.