Now that summer is here, it may be hard to think about what temperature you should leave your home during the day. Families differ, but there are some commonalities they all should consider. The US Department of Energy recommends setting your thermostat to 78 degrees in the summer. It’s said that this is the optimal temperature to set your HVAC system to for maximum comfort.
Why Set the Thermostat to 78?
Did you know the setting on your thermostat can save you money? Set your thermostat to 78 degrees while people are home and awake. By setting your thermostat to 78 degrees instead of 74 degrees, you’re saving 12 percent on your energy bills. That may not seem like much money, but the savings can be put towards something else, like a vacation or some kind of other home repair. Keep in mind, depending on how energy efficient your home is, you may receive discounts on insurance and bills.
What if That’s Too Hot?
We get it; it’s hard to predict Cincinnati weather patterns. If it’s still too hot for your family with your thermostat set to 78 degrees, you still have plenty of options to stay comfortable during summer days.
First, dress for the weather. Now that it’s summer, you don’t need to be bundled up. Wear clothing that you’re comfortable in and will keep you cool during the day.
Next, remember that you have ceiling fans. The fans help disperse air throughout your home. Having them run consistently will help your home feel comfortable, even when your thermostat is set for 78 degrees.
Thirdly, consider strategically placing box fans throughout your home. This is especially efficient if some areas aren’t as cool as others. The box fans can help in moving air throughout your home, keeping it cool and comfortable for everyone.
What If You Leave for an Extended Period?
Summer is a perfect time to go on vacation. Do you shut off your system entirely? Many people do. However, that’s not advisable. Instead, set your system to 85 to 88 degrees. Why those temperatures? Cincinnati weather is unpredictable. While you’re on vacation, there could be multiple days of high humidity. By programming your thermostat to run when it gets to those temperatures, you’re guaranteed that your home won’t feel as stuffy when you come home from vacation. Just remember to reprogram your thermostat when you come home from vacation. It would be awful to constantly be uncomfortable in your own home!
Of course, no two families are the same. If setting your thermostat to 78 degrees doesn’t work for you, find a way to adjust it to make sure you’re comfortable. When it comes to servicing your HVAC system or geothermal system, give Nelson Comfort a call for all your heating and cooling needs.