Summer is here, which means we’re relying once again on our air conditioning units to provide relief and comfort. Finding and maintaining the right temperature, however, is a fine line between what’s deemed comfortable for your family and what can help save you money over the next few months. Cooper Brothers, Inc., your local air conditioner repair experts, sheds light on this matter in today’s blog post.
The Recommended Temperature Setting for Summer
The U.S. Department of Energy provides the following recommended temperature settings for the summer season. When you’re at home, set your thermostat to 78 degrees Fahrenheit. Maintaining the temperature at this level allows you to stay cool in the summer while avoiding high electricity costs. Invest in a dehumidifier if you find yourself looking for increased comfort despite the temperature setting, which will help trap cool air in your home.
Meanwhile, if you’re away from your home for more than two hours, turn your thermostat up to 88 degrees Fahrenheit. At this setting, the flow of heat into your home is slowed, so it won’t require as much energy to cool everything back down when you return. Doing this also helps you save as much as 10 percent on cooling costs.
Other Cooling Tips You Can Maximize
AC repair pros like Cooper Brothers, Inc. warn that an HVAC system which exerts too much effort is inefficient and can cause an increase in your energy bills. Fortunately, you can prevent warm air from getting into your home and cool air from escaping by following any of these tips:
Utilize window treatments to prevent sun and heat from entering through your windows.
Apply new caulking and replace any old weatherstripping you may find on your windows and doors to ensure a tight seal.
Install ceiling fans for better cooling.
Don’t use the stove or oven past 8:00 in the evening. Such appliances generate heat, which can affect the HVAC unit’s ability to cool.
Consider investing in a newer, more energy-efficient model of air conditioner.
Lastly, turn to the certified pros at Cooper Brothers, Inc. Our technicians are regularly trained to ensure they’re improving their skills and using the latest installation techniques. Without proper installation, an AC unit will need constant repairs or even a replacement early in its service life. We strive to provide proper installation so that your AC unit meets its full operating potential.
We offer a variety of HVAC services, including home furnace repair and preventive care and maintenance. Call us at (408) 659-8879 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We serve residents of San Jose.