Summertime in central Indiana can be brutal. With rising temperatures and high humidity, staying cool is a serious challenge. To sweat less—indoors, at least—it’s important to have a good relationship with your home’s thermostat. Why? It’s pretty simple: your thermostat tells your HVAC system what you want it to do. If your home’s too hot, your thermostat is responsible for making sure your home cools to your desired temperature. However, sometimes it can be difficult to find a balance between comfortability and cost-efficiency.
This blog post will provide a few tips from Godby HPE for keeping your energy bills manageable this summer.
As it gets hotter outside, it can be tempting to lower your home’s temperature—and then lower it again and again. However, regularly adjusting your thermostat forces your air conditioner to cool your home, shut down and then start up again. This process wastes a lot of energy and ultimately increases your energy bills.
Homeowners often want to know what the ideal home temperature for the summer months is. Well, The U.S. Department of Energy recommends that you set your thermostat to 78℉ during the summer. If 78℉ is too warm for you, fear not! That figure is a useful reference, but it’s more important to find a temperature (hopefully one near 78℉) that’s comfortable for your family and commit to that temperature. Doing so eliminates inefficient air conditioning practices.
Adjust the Temperature Before You Leave
Consistency is important when you’re home, but if you keep your home at the same temperature while you’re away, you’re wasting energy. There’s no reason to cool an empty home. Before you leave for vacation this summer—or head out for a whole day—make sure you raise your home’s temperature.
Install a Wi-Fi Thermostat
As we detail in our post about the advantages of Wi-Fi thermostats, Wi-Fi thermostats both maintain precise temperatures while you’re home and adjust your home’s temperature when you’re away. Although these smart thermostats are often more expensive than conventional thermostats, they boast advanced features that reduce your home’s energy usage and ultimately save you money.
We at Godby HPE can’t promise that it’s going to cool down anytime soon, but we can help with any thermostat-related issues. Call or text Godby today to schedule an appointment. And remember, for all of your heating/cooling, plumbing and electrical needs, It’s Gotta be Godby!