What is the Best Temperature at Which to Keep Your A/C?
In the hot Texas summer, it can be tempting to run your air conditioning on full blast 24/7, but that’s not exactly environmentally friendly, nor is it easy on your wallet. What are you supposed to do? You want to stay cool during the summer, but you also know summer is an expensive time with the kids out of school wanting to be entertained. You have to ask yourself: what is the best temperature at which to keep your a/c? Finding that happy medium between keeping your home comfortable while not turning you into an energy hog is what’s going to be key this summer.
Energy Star recommends not running your a/c any lower than 78 degrees fahrenheit. This will maximize your home’s energy efficiency which will translate to a lower energy bill for you. Now this may not seem like a cold enough temperature to combat the Texas heat, but there are other ways you can help remain cool, while keeping the temperature set at 78. Keeping your blinds and curtains closed will help reduce heat from entering your home. The purpose of blinds and curtains is to block out the light from the sun, but they also block out the heat. Add fans to your home. Having fans around your home will help circulate the cold air when your a/c kicks on. Fans also help prevent the air from becoming stagnant. Stagnant air can increase the feeling of being hot. Use other appliances wisely. Run your dryer during the coolest time of the day, when the sun is not up. Also, it is best to use your stove early in the morning before the sun has a chance to heat up the cool of the night.
Take Care of Your A/C
The biggest thing you can do to make sure your a/c is running efficiently, but not costing you tons of money is by having it regularly serviced. Regular checkups will make sure that everything within the system is running optimally. It is also a good idea to have the filter cleaned or changed out once a month during the times when your a/c is in heavy use. If your system is over 10 years old, it might be time to start looking for a new one so you aren’t wasting money by running your a/c at 70 degrees all day long in order to stay cool. For a/c maintenance or new a/c installments, call Kingwood Air Repair today at 281-441-4500.