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The Best Summer Thermostat Settings

Let us help you balance comfort and energy savings.

summer ac temp Middlesex county, ma How much electricity do you use to cool your home in the summer? According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), air conditioners consume about 6 percent of our country’s electricity. American homeowners spend roughly $29 billion each year to keep cool.

It’s little wonder, then, that so many of the households we serve in Middlesex and Norfolk counties are looking for ways to reduce their electricity use without sacrificing comfort. While there are several ways to boost your air conditioning efficiency — more on that later — one of the most effective tactics to stay comfortable while minimizing energy use is disciplined thermostat use.

The ideal A/C temperature for hot days

At Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling, we help families find an A/C temperature setting that balances comfort and energy efficiency. In our experience, 78 degrees Fahrenheit typically strikes this balance. Use this as a starting point and maybe adjust it by a degree or two. The important thing is to choose a setting and stick with it.

Saving money on summer home cooling

The DOE has found that households can save up to 10 percent a year on heating and cooling expenses if they turn back their thermostat by 7 to 10 degrees from its standard setting for 8 hours a day. The best time to do this is often when you’re sleeping or outside the house.

If your house doesn’t have one already, consider getting a programmable thermostat so you can preset these cost-saving energy adjustments. You could even go with a Wi-Fi-enabled smart thermostat. These fantastic devices not only allow you to program temperature adjustments, but they can also make their own changes when they detect you aren’t home. Plus, they enable you to raise or lower your home temperature wherever you are via your smartphone.

Here are some other tips for lowering your A/C costs:

  1. Use a ceiling fan. This makes your home feel cooler just by moving air around, so you can keep your thermostat a little higher in the summer. You can run a fan all day for pennies!
  2. Check and change/clean your air filters. Not only can this improve your cooling system’s efficiency by 10 to 15 percent, but it will also add time to your equipment’s lifespan. Check your filters monthly in the summer, then clean or replace them if they’re dirty.
  3. Schedule your air conditioning maintenance. Annual service keeps your A/C running at its best and prevents unexpected and costly breakdowns. If you have one of our Complete Cooling Plans, your annual tune-up is already paid for!

Is it time for an A/C upgrade? Call the Needham Oil team!

If your heating system is older than 10 years (or uses outdated R-22 refrigerant), you could be missing out on modern technologies that can keep you cool for less money. Get in touch with our friendly HVAC technicians, and we can help you find a new, efficient A/C product.

Drop us a line for a FREE estimate on new cooling equipment.