In many homes, there can be debate regarding the perfect way to keep your home cool in the summer. With a proper HVAC system, you are able to climate control your indoor space to your liking. This will vary from person to person, but there are best practices to achieve a cool retreat in your home.
What Is the Best Temperature?
You may hear that the “perfect” temperature in the summer is 78 degrees Fahrenheit. While this does provide a good mix of comfort and efficiency, there are other factors to consider when determining your ideal number.
The layout of homes can have a large impact on this decision. For example, if you have a lot of windows that let in sun, or rooms that face south, you may need a lower temperature to counteract this additional heat. The right temperature will vary over the course of the day, especially if the sun plays a large factor in your home’s climate.
Summer also looks different for different people. In a more humid area, the air conditioning may run more consistently and at a lower temperature. A dehumidifier can help with this, but your local climate will impact this as well.
What About When I’m Not Home?
Many people will adjust their thermostat settings while they are out of the house. Raising the temperature seven to 10 degrees when you leave can cut down cooling bills by a large chunk, and save you energy. You may also invest in a smart thermostat that allows you to program particular temperatures at particular times of day.
Tips for Efficiency and Comfort
The most important thing for you may be keeping your home at a comfortable temperature, but this does not always mean disregarding the efficiency question. There are other steps you can take besides cranking the air conditioning to keep your house reasonably cool.
Window treatments that block the sun can make a big difference in the sun’s influence over your home’s temperature. You can also avoid using appliances that generate heat, like the oven, until once the sun is down. This is one reason grills are so popular in the summer!
There are also hardware considerations. Ceiling fans can also take up some of the work placed on your air conditioning unit, but if your unit is old and not-efficient, it may be time to look at replacing it with a newer model. Replacing worn weather stripping and caulking windows or doors can also help to keep cool air inside of your home.
If you feel like your air conditioning isn’t doing its best keeping your home cool, it may simply be time for some maintenance. The last time you want your cooling system unit to break down is during the peak of summer, and preventative measures can save you from a lot of misery in the future. At Comfort Experts, our professionals will evaluate your current system to recommend any necessary changes and help you reach both efficiency and comfort.