Are you having thermostat wars at home? Have you found the sweet spot between a comfortable home and a manageable energy bill? What is the perfect indoor temperature in the summer? According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the ideal indoor temperature in the summer is 78°F. Does that seem a little warm? Don’t sacrifice your cool. Air Experts can help you find the perfect solution for your family’s summer comfort.
Easy does it
Let’s revisit that 78°F setting, shall we? Remember, temperatures are relative, and 78°F is going to feel refreshing when it’s 90°F outside. You may decide that 78°F is plenty cool this summer. However, if you (or your family members) disagree, consider starting cooler and nudging up the thermostat by a degree at a time. Remember, every degree above 72°F translates into a 3% savings on your utility bill during the summer months. Research may also be on your side: According to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers, people prefer a temperature of 73°F to 79°F when they’re dressed in summer clothes.
It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity
Our New Jersey summers often include a hefty dose of humidity. The muggy meter makes you feel even more uncomfortable because the excess moisture in the air keeps your body from cooling off efficiently. A dehumidifier may make a comfortable difference in your home, especially if you’re experimenting with higher thermostat settings. Air Experts can help you determine the best dehumidifier for your home.
Remember your fans
Wind chills aren’t just for the winter months! That’s because the moving air helps evaporate sweat from your body, making you feel cooler. A portable or ceiling fan can help you feel cooler even when the air is warmer.
Raise the temperature while you’re gone
If you can’t handle the heat, set your thermostat at your preferred temperature. It’s your home – you deserve to enjoy it. But don’t pay to cool an empty house. A programmable thermostat allows you to adjust the temperature according to your family’s schedule. If everyone is gone during the day, let the home stay warm. If you prefer a cooler sleeping temperature, set your programmable thermostat for an evening chill. Remember, the 78°F recommendation is just that – a recommendation. Your comfort may vary depending on your age, activity level, or even if you’re pregnant.
Don’t sweat it this summer. Turn to Air Experts for cooling and comfort solutions. If you have questions about your HVAC unit or thermostat, give us a call at (732) 759-0934 or contact us online. Expert service makes for satisfied customers with Air Experts.