Warm temperatures can lead to high indoor humidity levels, making it uncomfortable to stay home. Fortunately, your AC can cool your interior with the correct settings. Using the wrong settings can result in inefficient cooling and higher energy bills.
A residential HVAC services provider discusses the best AC settings for maximum indoor comfort during summer.
You may want to crank your AC as soon as the sun shows up, but to maintain a cool home without punching up your bills, you only need to set your indoor temperature to 78 degrees. You can opt for a cooler temperature if this still feels warm to you, but doing so will likely increase your energy consumption. Instead of turning your thermostat a couple of degrees lower, you can switch on your ceiling fan to help your AC cool your home faster. Make sure the blades are turning counterclockwise for maximum cooling.
HVAC installation contractors recommend raising your HVAC settings from 78 to 80 degrees. It’s usually cooler at night, so you don’t need to rely so much on your AC. If this still feels a little warm to you, you can turn on your ceiling fan. If possible, you can also switch off your AC at night and open your windows instead.
When You’re Away From Home
You don’t need to turn off your AC when you’re away. In fact, keeping your AC turned off for long a period can promote excessive humidity and mold growth. You can leave your AC turned on and set the temperature 7 to 10 degrees higher. It’s also good to have a programmable thermostat so that the temperatures automatically change according to your schedule.
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