It doesn’t take long for your utility bills to increase. By following these recommendations, you don’t have to stop cooling your home completely, which means you can keep your house comfortable and utility costs down.

 

To stay comfortable and save money this summer, it is recommended that you set the thermostat to 78 degrees F when you are home. You can also find relief by investing in a dehumidifier and following our tips to trap cool air in your home.

 

Keeping your house warmer while you are away can help you save even more money this summer. Turning your thermostat up seven to 10 degrees F higher while you are away at work (or any time you’re out of the house for more than two hours at a time) can help you save as much as ten percent on cooling costs. With a programmable thermostat, you can have your thermostat return to 78 degrees before you arrive home to prevent discomfort.

 

Even with those temperature recommendations, you should understand the benefits of using a programmable thermostat to control cooling in your home. With a standard thermostat, you have to remember to manually change the temperature every time you leave the house. Programmable thermostats allow you to set different temperatures throughout the day, based on factors like the time of day, when you are home, and when the house is empty.

A programmable or smart thermostat allows you to set various temperatures throughout the week and then forget about it. It also allows you to begin cooling your home an hour or 30 minutes before you return, ensuring your interior is at a comfortable temperature when you step inside. Smart thermostats are also beneficial, as you can control the temperature apart of the programmed settings via your smartphone or tablet.

 

Seventy-eight degrees might seem high, but you can make your air conditioner more effective by preventing warm air from getting into your home and cool air from escaping. Follow these simple tips to keep your home cool and comfortable. Hang up window treatments that block sunlight and prevent heat from entering through your windows. Also limit use of appliances that generate heat, like the oven and stove. In the summer, try to grill outside as much as possible. You can also install ceiling fans to increase cooling efficiency. Make sure to have the HVAC system inspected, and replaced with a more energy efficient model if needed.