Summer heat is on the way and soon everyone will be trying to find creative ways to cool their home without spending a fortune.
Air conditioning helps us combat the summer heat and humidity, but determining the best setting for comfort as well as energy efficiency can be tricky. The fact is that the lower you set your thermostat this summer, the higher your energy bills.
The U.S. Department of Energy recommends setting your thermostat to 78F (26C) when you are home to be comfortable and save money on your energy bills this summer. This setting will allow you to stay cool and avoid a very high electric bill.
Ways to Maximize Your Home's Temperature During the Warm Weather
- Limit the use of your oven and stove when it is hot.
- Grill outdoors. Cooking on the grill won't heat up your home and make your AC work harder.
- Use light-blocking draperies to also block the heat.
- Check the caulk around doors and windows to keep your home to keep cool air in and hot air out.
- Use ceiling fans to increase cooling efficiency. Ceiling fans can help create a draft, making the room feel cooler and allowing you to raise the thermostat.
- Upgrade cooling units with more efficient models. Today's AC units have a minimum SEER rating of 13-14. Many older models have SEER ratings under 10.
- Use a dehumidifier. When the indoor humidity levels are high, the air conditioner will strain to maintain the required thermal levels inside the house.
Why You Should Consider a Smart Thermostat
Smart thermostats have become very popular, but many homeowners are wondering if they are worth the cost. The answer...absolutely.
After experiencing the convenience of adjusting your home's temperature from your smartphone, whether you’re home or away, walking over to your thermostat to change it, feels primitive by comparison.
Climate control is the single most significant contributor to your home’s overall energy usage. Wi-Fi connected thermostats learn your schedule, preferences, and even know when you’re home, helping you save on energy by automatically adjusting the temperature setting based on current need.
During the hot summer months, you can have it raise the temperature a little higher while sleeping or while you and your family are away. It can then spring back into action in time to make the house cool (or warm depending on the season) by the time you wake up in the morning or arrive home from work.
Some models on the market can remind you to change your air filter, help you diagnose problems with your A/C unit, and encourage you to make more energy-efficient choices.
Programming your thermostat correctly can save you almost $200 a year. Analysis conducted by ecobee on their customers' data found that some smart thermostat users saved up to 23% on their heating and air conditioning costs.
Also note if you purchase a smart thermostat, you may be eligible for a rebate. You can check online at the AEP site.
A programmable control will allow you to adjust the climate in your home remotely, show you energy consumption in real-time, and can even adjust itself based on ambient conditions like humidity.
At Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning, we know you want the temperature of your home to be cozy and comfortable. During the cold winter months, this may mean feeling toasty warm. During the hot and humid summer months, you want your home to feel cool.
We have a wide selection of thermostats from Honeywell, Bryant and Aprilaire. Choose from our wide range of HVAC thermostats:
- Digital Thermostats
- Voice Control
- WiFi Thermostats
- Smart Thermostats
- Manual and more!
Whether you want to control your home's temperature from the internet or you want digital temperature controls, the team at Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning can find the right temperature controls for your home and your budget!