The easiest way to take control of your cooling costs is to monitor your thermostat setting. We recommend a setting of 78 degrees or higher in the summer. Each degree lower can significantly increase your cooling costs during the dog days of summer. If you currently keep your thermostat set lower than 78 degrees, try increasing the thermostat setting a degree a week to see if you can be comfortable at a higher setting.
Other ways to keep your cooling costs in check:
- Turn up the thermostat — If you plan to be away for several hours during the day, consider turning your thermostat up several degrees beyond 78. If you’re planning to be out of town for several days, set your thermostat higher (between 83-87 degrees should be fine) than normal.
- Utilize ceiling fans, close the drapes – Use ceiling fans in conjunction with your air conditioning to make you feel more comfortable. It will allow you to set your thermostat a few degrees higher than the recommended 78 degree setting. Since ceiling fans don’t actually cool, make sure you turn them off when you leave the room. Also, closing your drapes or blinds will keep the hot sun and heat out of your home.
- Keep interior doors open — This allows for proper air flow, which can help your cooling system run more efficiently.
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