Setting Your Thermostat in Summer for Home Comfort

thermostat in summerDetermining the right setting for your thermostat in summer months can be an argument waiting to happen.  You want to save money on cooling bills, but you also don’t want to sacrifice comfort. You can do both by using a programmable thermostat in the summer and setting temperatures strategically.

The cooling experts at Brown’s have the inside tips and tricks for setting your thermostat in the summer so you can save big and stay comfortable all season long.

Tips for Setting Your Thermostat in Summer

  • When you’re at home in the summer, set the thermostat to 78 degrees Fahrenheit. The smaller the difference between the temperatures inside and outside, the more savings you’ll experience.
  • Setting the thermostat at a slightly higher temperature and using programmable settings in the summer can ultimately help save you money. Experts estimate that setting your thermostat above 78 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer, can save approximately six to eight percent off your home energy bill, per degree.
  • Consider adjusting the thermostat anytime your house is vacant for four or more hours. Typically, adjusting the thermostat 5 – 8 degrees up in summer can help save energy (up to 10 percent on cooling costs) if you are going to be away from home for several hours.
  • Avoid lowering the thermostat to a cooler than normal setting in order to cool your space faster. This common misconception actually makes your air conditioner end up working harder, resulting in lost energy and higher energy costs.
  • Make some adjustments around your space. Consider installing window treatments to block sunlight and prevent additional heat from entering. Before you leave the house, remember to close them. Another way to keep the cool air circulating is by installing a ceiling fan in every room. Just be sure that the blades are moving in a counter-clockwise direction in summer. Finally, operate all major appliances after dark instead of when the weather is at its peak heat.
  • It’s also important to note that the level of indoor humidity also plays a role in the comfort of the air in your home or business. Learn how to manage the humidity in your home to help you achieve your desired comfort level. Read: Maximizing Home Comfort: Do You Know the Recommended Relative Humidity for Your Home?

Thermostat Settings in the Winter

As a side note, thermostat settings in the winter also make a big difference in your home comfort and energy savings. Energy.gov reports that turning your thermostat lower by 10 to 15 degrees for 8 hours per day will help you see an energy usage reduction of 5 to 15 percent per year on your bill. They recommend if someone is at home in the daytime, set the thermostat to 72° F,  but aim for 68° F in the winter.

Maximize Comfort with Optimal Settings for Your Thermostat in Summer

Staying comfortable in summer while keeping costs low is tricky, but it’s not impossible.

With routine maintenance and emergency repair HVAC service, Brown’s provides HVAC service for both residential and commercial customers throughout Monmouth and Ocean County, New Jersey. Call us at 732-741-0694 to find out more.

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