Setting your thermostat in Richmond Hill, GA, is a delicate balance between your comfort and your budget as setting it too low will mean you get higher energy bills in the summer. The lower the temperature, the higher your energy bill will be because your thermostat will have to work harder to keep your home cool. Here are a few tips on how you can keep your bills low while remaining cool this summer.

78 Degrees Is Best

Over the course of a hot summer day, your air conditioner could use as much electricity as the rest of the items in your house combined, sending your power bill skyrocketing. Experts say that keeping your thermostat at 78 degrees offers the right balance of comfort and energy use. This might sound high, but consider that your air conditioner isn’t the only thing keeping you cool during the summer.

A ceiling fan can make the room you are in feel 4 degrees cooler than the thermostat reading and uses far less power than your air conditioner. Just remember that a fan only makes you feel cooler; it does not make the air itself cooler, so turn off the fan when you leave the room.

Keep Your Thermostat Steady

Some people think that an effective way to save money is to turn their thermostat way down, have their air conditioner work very hard for a while and then turn the thermostat up and have the air conditioner off. This doesn’t actually work. With the sun beating down on your house, your house is going to heat up too quickly to get any savings from the air conditioner’s down time.

A better plan is to pick a comfortable temperature and stick to it. This way, your air conditioner cycles on and off when needed and never has to work too hard.

Turn It Up When You Leave

There is no reason to cool your house when you aren’t there, so up the thermostat when you leave for the day. A programmable or smart thermostat can do this for you, and can turn the temperature back down before you get home. You’ll save money and won’t even know that your house was hot while you were away.

Coastline Heating & Air can help you achieve a more comfortable home. If you have more questions about how to keep your home cool affordably or are interested in smart thermostats, call Coastline Heating & Air today.

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