When the calendar turns to the summer, the temperatures rise! Unfortunately, with the Texas heat, those rising temperatures can really make your home very hot, which can lead to a major increase in your monthly energy bill. That can lead to the never-ending question of what temperature you should keep your A/C at during the summer.
Of course, we must start by saying that everyone and every family is different. Some people have temperatures that run cold, while others have body temperatures that seem to run hot. So the first rule of thumb is an obvious one: Set your A/C temperature in the summer as high as you can to remain comfortable. The more your AC unit kicks on, the higher the electricity usage will be.
If nobody is home during the day, remember to turn off your Air Conditioning while you’re out, so that you are not using energy to keep your home comfortable while nobody is there. A programmable thermostat can make this task much easier, so it’s worth it to consider installing one if you do not already have one.
Many people find that setting your A/C to 75-78 degrees during the summer can lead to a comfortable temperature without having the A/C run all day long. Many people like to keep it cooler at night, which fits well because, with the sundown, it will take less energy to cool your house down during the evening hours when radiant heat is not being generated.
Of course, where you set the temperature for your A/C is just one factor in how high or less your energy bill will get during the summer. The state of your air conditioner and its level of efficiency also plays a big role. If your AC unit is having problems and doesn’t seem to be working as well, call your HVAC company to get an AC repair done. This can delay the need to replace your unit and extend its lifespan.
If you have an older AC unit, an air condition tune-up can be a great way to get it running more effectively throughout the summer months. An A/C unit that has not had a recent tune-up is working harder even as it is producing less. That is because dust build-up can wear your system down over time, and can also make it more likely to break down, especially during the heat of the summer.
Walker Air • Plumbing • Electric has been serving the Dallas-Fort Worth community for over 30 years, offering a high level of HVAC care for our customers. In addition to keeping a close eye on your thermostat, contact us to do a tune-up of your AC unit. Not only will this help your system run more efficiently, but it can also help prevent major breakdowns that can lead to costly repairs or a full system replacement.