At G&R Heating and Air, we’ve installed countless thermostats in the Elgin area, and we’ve worked on countless air conditioning systems that are controlled by those thermostats. When it comes to the temperature inside your home during the summer, everyone in the house likely has an opinion on what the thermostat setting should be.
You may like it warmer, while your spouse or partner would rather have it a little cooler. The kids may constantly change the thermostat after coming in from outside, but what is the best setting for your thermostat during the summer? In this post, we’ll look at a few ideas, and if you need AC repair, then be sure to give us a call right away!
When You’re Home
Summer is a busy time for most families, and you might be coming and going all season long. However, when you are home, you want the house to be comfortable. You might have people coming to stay with you, and you don’t want any guest to be too hot or too cold. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends a setting of 78 degrees Fahrenheit when you’re home. This is the ideal setting to keep your home cool, without making the air conditioner run too often. Although, if your AC is starting to struggle, even 78 degrees could be a challenge. When there’s an issue, it’s good to call a certified HVAC provider as soon as possible.
When You’re Gone
If you’re going to be on vacation with the family for a few weeks this summer, or you live alone and you’ll be traveling for business a few days each week, then you’ll want to make sure your thermostat is set on its “away” mode. This means the central AC unit will run less often, but you might still be wondering what temperature to set. Depending on how much direct sunlight your home gets in the summer, and how efficient your AC is, you can set your thermostat between 85 and 88 degrees Fahrenheit. This means that your air conditioning will turn on once the interior temperature reaches the setting on the thermostat. If your home is shaded by large trees, or the outside temperature doesn’t get too hot, then your AC might not run at all. It is important, however, to make sure your home is cool enough for any pets that you own, since you don’t want Fido to get too hot.
Programmable and Learning Thermostats
Your home likely already has a programmable thermostat that you can set to certain modes for when you’re home and when you’re away. If you don’t have a programmable model, then we can install one for you right away. If you do have one, but you’d like to upgrade to a learning thermostat, then we can help you choose the right one for your home. Learning thermostats can help your cooling system be more efficient, and you should see the benefits on your monthly energy bill.
At G&R, there’s nothing we love more than helping our customers stay cool during the summer. If you’re not sure what temperature to set on your thermostat, then we hope this post has helped. If you’re having issues with your air conditioner, then please contact us right away for service. We can diagnose any AC issue and get your home cool in no time at all. If you’d like to discuss the idea of installing a new air conditioning system, then we can help there as well. There’s no job that’s too big or too small for our experienced team.