Today, a majority of homeowners are concerned about energy bills. Even though the gas prices have declined, overall energy prices in the United States have continued to climb upwards. It’s important to save energy however you can, and that includes by optimizing your thermostat.
You should set a temperature on the thermostat that provides the most cost efficiency as well as personal comfort. In this blog post, we will discuss the ideal thermostat setting that offers satisfactory comfort and reduce the energy bills.
What is the ideal temperature? (and according to who?)
For what it’s worth, the EPA suggests 78oF as the recommended thermostat setting. However, the fact is that the ideal thermostat setting varies from person-to-person. Some people feel hot even at 62.6oF while others tend to shiver at 83oF.
You must determine for yourself the ideal temperature setting for the household. Consider setting different temperatures and see which one makes everyone feel comfortable. Remember that you can save yourself about 10 percent on the annual energy bills by setting the temperature 10oF above the normal temperature setting for 8 hours in a day.
So, if your bill averages $210, you can cut the bill to $200 if you reduce the thermostat setting from the usual 68oF to 78oF. It is up to you to decide whether the savings in energy bills is worth the sacrifice in comfort by increasing the temperature.
Consider installing a programmable thermostat
Another effective way to cut the energy bills is by installing a programmable thermostat. This kind of thermostat will automatically adjust the temperature based on your settings. Depending on the comfort preference of the family, one idea is to program the thermostat to lower the temperature when sleeping, and then increase the temperature during the day.
Most programmable thermostats allow you to set the temperature for up to five or more days. You can manually adjust the settings during any part of the day without overriding the programmed setting. Also, you should consider setting the temperature to above 80oF when everyone is away from home, unless you have pets who need a cooler home.
Schedule an air conditioning tune-up with Bob’s
On a final note, you should always have your air condition maintained by a professional air conditioner technician. A properly maintained air conditioner will operate efficiently without drawing additional power.
In case the air conditioner is not maintained properly, the system develops a fault. It strains to keep the rooms cool that spikes up the bill. To avoid this problem, it is important that you schedule a thorough check-up of the unit.
A professional air condition technician will inspect all critical components of the air conditioner and perform the necessary repairs. This will ensure that the system continues to perform efficiently resulting in optimum cooling.
Call Bob’s for more professional thermostat advice
In case you are a resident of Morgan City, Thibodaux, Houma, or the nearby areas in Louisiana, you can contact Bob’s Heating and AC to schedule regular maintenance of your air conditioner.