Summer is just around the corner (June 21, 2018). Even though summer is still over two months away, it’s never too early to educate yourself and your family on how to save electricity during those hot months. And quite frankly, warmer temperatures have plagued the spring months over the past decade so these tips could help starting as early as today.
What is a Good Temperature for Your Air Conditioner in the Summer?
Did you know that for each degree you raise your thermostat will save you between 3 to 5% in energy costs? Let’s break that down into cold hard numbers. If you have your thermostat set at 74 degrees and are paying around $150 per month, raising it to 78 could reduce your bill by as much as $25.
Overall, 78 degrees is the perfect temperature during the summer. Lowering it too much could cost you significantly. In fact, lowering your thermostat to 72 could raise your cooling costs as high as 47%. Ouch!
But let’s be realistic. Comfort is the key when it comes to hot weather. And in the U.S., the ideal comfortable temperature during the daytime is between 70 and 75 degrees. Therefore, the higher you can set your thermostat while remaining comfortable, the lower your cooling costs will be.
When you will be out of the house for at least four hours, you should raise the thermostat to 88.
Running fans is also a good idea. In fact, running a fan is a lot cheaper than air conditioning costs. But interestingly enough, running both a fan and the air conditioner (at a higher temperature) can give you the comfort you need at a lower cost.
Outside of the tips mentioned above, be sure to do the following:
- Keep your air filter clean
- Maintain your air ducts and vents
- Check for household leaks like improperly sealed windows and doors
- Reduce heat sources like desktop computers or hot ovens
- Use fans strategically