Wisely using your thermostat is an ideal way to maximize the comfort of your home and choosing well can vastly reduce your monthtly heating expenses. Read on to learn more.
The Best Temperature
Lot of people consider a temperature setting from 72 to 78 degrees is ideal, depending on several factors, including personal preference, energy costs in your area, and how well your home is able to maintain its temperature. While setting the temperature lower will improve your comfort, it will also increase the cost of your utility bills. For every degree that the thermostat is raised, you can reduce your utility costs by one to three percent. You may reduce your energy costs significantly by raising the temperature while you are at work, away from home, or asleep. Consider the following:
- About 77 degrees while you are at home
- About 81 degrees while you are sleeping
- About 84 degrees when you are at work, school, or away from home
A programmable thermostat can raise the temperature automatically when you leave or sleep and reduce it in time to be comfortable when you are awake or have returned home. The latest programmable thermostats feature easy programming interfaces and optional features like touchscreen controls, WiFi connections, and remote programming options.
- Have your AC serviced: Replacing the air filter and cleaning the coils, can help your air conditioner run as efficiently as possible, reducing your cooling costs.
- Avoiding heat gain: Wait until evening to cook, clean, or wash clothes to avoid adding excess heat and humidity to your home. Turn off heat-generating appliances, electronics, and lighting when not in use.
- Sealing and insulating: Sealing air leaks allows your home to maintain temperature longer, reducing the load on the air conditioner.
- Closing the curtains: During the daytime, the sun can quickly heat a room. Close shades, blinds or contains to block the sun’s heat and make the job of you air conditioner easier.
- Natural ventilation: During cool mornings or evenings, open the windows to receive a cross-breeze and cool your home naturally.
- Using fans: Turning on ceiling fans or portable fans can help to distribute the cool air more evenly and make you feel cooler at a higher temperature. Turn fans off when leaving the room to save energy.