Set Your Thermostat to the Highest Comfortable Setting – Air Conditioning Appreciation Days
If you’re wrapped up in a blanket or walking around your home in long pants or a sweater, consider the energy you’re wasting by over-cooling your home. To save on energy costs, make your home comfortable to be in your summer clothes.
When setting your thermostat, find a balance between comfort and efficiency. Try to set your thermostat to the highest comfortable temperature for the people in your home or building. The suggested setting for summer is 78 degrees.
Consider using a programmable thermostat to increase the temperature when the space is going to be empty for several hours.
If your space becomes too hot, try not to over adjust your thermostat. Remember from last week’s post that putting a fan in the room will cool your body and save you from spending the money you waste when constantly adjusting the thermostat. Lowering the temperature is sometimes necessary during these hot days, but only lower it to the temperature you want it to be. Setting your thermostat several degrees lower than you want it, does not mean that it will cool any faster, it will only run longer. Air conditioners can only cool at one rate, unless you have a variable speed air handler. Therefore, setting the thermostat lower will only cause you to use more energy.