The gift of technology allows us to stay cool and comfortable indoors during the hot summer months. As such, your AC has been working hard lately and will continue to do so throughout the rest of the season. Because of this, you should expect a rise in your energy bills. However, all is not lost!! In order to reduce your energy consumption, you can adopt an energy-efficient temperature setting that balances your energy usage and comfort while still keeping your home cool.    

Come along with us and be a part of the Kettering-Oakwood Heating & Air family as we learn how to find an energy-efficient AC setting for this summer. 

What’s The AC Temperature You Should Use?  

We believe there isn’t a perfect temperature setting that will work for everyone everywhere. Different families in different environments have different needs. But is good to note that the U.S. Department of Energy recommends setting your air conditioner to 78°F (26°C) as a starting point. While this may seem too high for some, it’s important to remember that what works for one family may not be ideal for another. Finding the right temperature setting for your AC may take some experimenting, but knowing this recommended temperature can help you get started. 

How Can You Pinpoint Your Own Ideal AC Temperature? 

To begin, set your thermostat to the recommended temperature of 78°F and wait a few hours for your AC to adjust and see how your household feels. After letting a few hours slip by, you can adjust the temperature gradually by 1 or 2 degrees as needed over the next few days until you find a comfortable energy-efficient temperature. 

What Should You Do When You Leave for a Trip? 

During summer vacations or weekend getaways, your home may remain empty for an extended period, and you might want to turn your air conditioner off. However, it is not advisable to switch it off completely as it may cause damage due to the high heat and humidity within the house in your absence. This is especially true if you have houseplants, art or collectibles, small pets, such as a fish tank, etc. So, what do you think you should do in such a situation? To enjoy your summer plans without worrying about energy costs, simply increase your thermostat by 10 degrees before leaving the house. This energy-saving method won’t harm your home or belongings and can reduce your energy usage by up to 5-15%. 

How Do You Know Which Thermostat is the Best?   

Consider getting a smart thermostat if you don’t already have one. While traditional thermostats are great, a smart thermostat can help you achieve your energy-saving goals by allowing you to adjust temperature settings based on your daily work routine, resulting in an energy-efficient schedule. On top of that, it’s super convenient for those who are apt to travel often. For example, imagine this: You have planned a big summer vacation, but in the midst of all the preparations, you forgot to adjust your thermostat before leaving. As a result, your air conditioning will be running at full blast for over a week. However, with the help of your smartphone, you can control your AC settings from the ease of your fingertips. Furthermore, you can also adjust the temperature to a comfortable level before you arrive back home, so you can relax as soon as you walk back in your front door. 

If you have a busy summer planned and you don’t have a smart thermostat yet, you should give us a call. We’ll gladly answer any questions you have! 

Staying cool and comfortable while keeping your monthly energy consumption controlled may be tricky, but it’s not out of the question! Don’t forget that we are here for all of your cooling needs, so feel free to call Kettering-Oakwood Heating & Air today at (937) 502-3842, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here