The last couple of weeks has resulted in one of our hottest summers on record. Since we’re so used to cooler weather almost year-round, you may be surprised when you get your next energy bill, considering how much you were probably using your air conditioning system in recent days.
That being said, we’d like to help you absorb some of this shock by offering you a bit of advice to get you through the rest of summer as comfortably and affordably as possible.
And this comes down to your thermostat use. Keep reading to learn how your thermostat use could be hurting your wallet, and if it may be time for you to consider a thermostat upgrade in Gig Harbor, WA.
Are You Relying on Your AC Too Heavily?
It’s a mistake to think that blasting the AC at the lowest temperature possible on the thermostat will make your home cool off any faster than it otherwise would. In fact, air conditioners struggle to cool anywhere below a 20° difference from what the temperature is outside.
So before you crank your thermostat down to 65°F, we recommend trying these natural methods to stay cooler in your home, enabling you to keep your thermostat at a comfortable and economical 78°F:
- Wear loose fitting clothes, as tight clothing can make you feel warmer.
- Hydrate with plenty of cool liquids like water, tea, and sports drinks.
- Utilize your ceiling fans when you’re in a room that has them. Remember though, it doesn’t help to leave them running when you aren’t in that room.
- Keep the heat out of your living space by ensuring it is well-sealed and that your drapes or shutters are closed.
More About Your Settings
As we alluded to above, it can help not only save your wallet, but also save wear and tear on your air conditioning system and prevent AC repairs by adjusting your thermostat upwards, especially when you’re not home, or when you’re sleeping. Upgrading to a programmable thermostat—or even better, a smart thermostat—makes a lot of sense to ensure that your settings are consistent.
It’s understandable that you want to be cool and comfortable in your own home, but at the hottest part of summer, it may not be possible—and it doesn’t make economic sense—to set your thermostat to the coldest setting.
When Is My AC to Blame?
If you’ve noticed your bills are higher than you would like them to be, and/or your thermostat use is already pretty decent, then you may have a problem with your air conditioner. Whether this is the case or your issue is in fact with the thermostat, then the best thing to do is to contact the pros.
Air conditioners can be temperamental—at least, when they aren’t properly maintained! Our team will ensure that your cooling system receives the highest level of service possible, and that each of its components—including the thermostat—receives the same.
Contact Sound Heating today! We take your comfort as serious as you do.