If you are like many residents in and around Fayetteville, NC, you probably dread the beginning of summer each year. Summer means higher electric bills to stave off that steamy, humid summer heat! However, it is possible to keep your house cool and not break your budget by choosing the “right” temperature for your home. While the right temperature may vary from home to home, finding it can make a big impact – but how big? Consider some of the following stats.
Have you ever looked at the recommended temperatures for homes in winter and summer? It may surprise you. The Energy.gov website recommends 68 degrees in winter and 78 degrees in summer – and those are only for the hours that you are home and awake.
This same website states that turning the temperature down (or up in the summer) during the hours you aren’t home or are sleeping can reduce your energy use by 10% to 15%. When you think about those big summer cooling bills, this is an unreal impact.
Another way to save money is by using a programmable thermostat. According to Energy Star, the proper use of a programmable thermostat can save up to $180 per year – and that is without making further adjustments to your chosen temperature. Pairing a programmable thermostat with zone-based temperature control can make an even bigger difference.
Lower Maintenance and Repair Costs
Another way to save money with the right temperature for your home is through lower maintenance and repair costs. When you adjust your temperature to match your schedule, you don’t run your HVAC system as much, which leads to less wear and tear. Using your system less often while still properly maintaining it can make a big impact on your pocketbook – in a very positive way.
Saving money is very important to every family. However, no one wants to sacrifice comfort. By determining the “right” temperature for your home, you can save money and keep things comfortable for your family. The comfort experts at Blanton’s can help you decide on the right temperature and also suggest maintenance and repair tasks that will keep your system running at its best and most energy efficient. Call us today and we will be happy to discuss the best way to proceed.