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What Temperature Should I Keep My Home This Summer?

Chris Helms - Thursday, May 21, 2015

How you set your indoor temperature impacts energy efficiency during the summer and beyond.

Indoor Temperature

When we’re running our air conditioners in the summer, it’s hard to imagine we can remain cool and comfortable and pay attention to energy efficiency at the same time. But there are ways! Wondering what temperature to keep your home is just the start. Here’s what you need to know to achieve optimum energy efficiency:

Temperature Control

Being conscientious about the temperature in your home is one of the most important ways to use less energy and save money on your utility bills. While there isn’t one particular temperature setting that works for everyone, there are a few things to consider.

Letting your house be slightly warmer at night will let your air conditioner run less. When you’re sleeping, you’re not as likely to care if it’s ultra-cool. And when the sun goes down it is easier to keep your home cool with less A/C.

Pay attention to the times you are home and the times you are away when you are deciding how to set your thermostat. You don’t need to keep the whole house at its coolest when you’re at work all day or on vacation.

Consider Smart Programming

The right thermostat can save you money and time. With programmable settings and the ability to change and adjust your heating and cooling system through a WiFi connection, you have the ability to set your temperature according to when you’re home, when you’re away, and when you need more or less cooling.

Don’t Forget Maintenance

One way to ensure your system is running at its most effective and therefore most efficient is with regular maintenance. Every spring a licensed HVAC tech should service your air conditioner to inspect, adjust, and clean your system before the hot months of summer arrive.

There are some great and easy ways to use less energy and save money on your utility bills. Don’t lose your cool just to try to keep your cash. For additional strategies to make your home more energy efficient, call the pros at Helms Heating and Air Conditioning at 877-GO-HELMS or 704-821-6255.