What is your home's perfect temperature this summer?
Cooling and heating account for more than half of all the energy used in the average home, according to the
U.S. Department of Energy, so having a good cooling strategy can have a big impact on both your utility bills and your environmental impact. The bottom line is, the higher the temperature setting, the more money you’ll save. So what you need to do is find a balance between comfort and efficiency to keep your home cool without blowing your budget. What then, is the optimal temperature setting for your Carrier thermostat in the summer?
- In general, a comfortable range for summertime thermostat settings when you are home is between 72-76 degrees.
- Many people turn down the thermostat at night for a more comfortable night’s rest, although some people prefer to sleep with just a sheet on, and don’t mind a warmer setting – it’s up to you!
- When you’re away for the work day, you should turn the setting up several degrees. 78 or 80 is fine for the eight-to-ten hours you’re away from home.
- Summer vacations can push that setting even higher, up to 84-86+ degrees. Even if you’re gone just a few days, it’s worth setting the thermostat higher.
Who wants to fiddle with switching the thermostat all the time? No one. The key here to an ideal programmable thermostat. Get a programmable thermostat and program it once for your work-week (day and night-time settings) and again for your weekends, and it’ll change and manage the temps for you. How simple is that? Just remember, when setting your program, allow enough time for your home to cool off a bit before you get home.You may have to experiment some to determine just what setting is right for you and your family. But if you can find that range and get it programmed, you can manage your home’s comfort all summer long, and save a little energy and money in the process.
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