What Should I Set My Thermostat to In the Summer?

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When the summer heat becomes unbearable, your air conditioner quickly becomes the most important appliance in your home, the unit responsible for the thermal comfort of your entire household. Here is how to set it to keep energy bills under control and to avoid any health issues caused by room temperatures that are too low:

  • 78 degrees Fahrenheit (26 Celsius) is the ideal temperature – by setting your thermostat to this level, you can ensure a temperature that is comfortable for everyone in the home and is not too strenuous for the AC appliance. By choosing this setting, you can also keep your energy bills at affordable levels;
  • Use a humidifier – if the 78-degree setting doesn’t feel cold enough, it is a good idea to find a solution for adding more moisture to the air in your rooms, rather than decrease the temperature. Moist air feels cooler than humid air, so your humidifier can increase your thermal comfort without increasing your energy bills;
  • Use natural cooling methods as well – you can also use supplementary methods to maintain that comfortable temperature in your home. Keep the windows open during the night, when the air outside cools down and close your windows early in the morning. Darken your rooms during the day, too – drawing your drapes and closing your shutters can make it easier for your AC unit to do its job.  For summer preparedness have your HVAC Denver CO technician do an inspection on your air conditioning unit.