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.
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.
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:
If your heating system is older than 10 years (or uses outdated R-22 refrigerant), you could be missing out on modern technologies that can keep you cool for less money.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.