What temperature should I set my air conditioner in summer?

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Read carefully and save some cash.

We all love our air conditioners. They give us a sweet escape from the harsh climatic conditions that come with the hot summer season. However, there has to be a balance between comfort and expenditure.

Research shows that electricity bills tend to spike during the summer. It’s not hard to understand why, since it’s in the summer when we tend to use our air conditioners the most.
Well then, what temperature should I set my air conditioner in Summer? Read on to find out. You’ll also learn more on:

– Factors affecting your air conditioner’s cost
– A little bit on how to reduce your air conditioner’s costs

1. What temperature should I Set My Air Conditioner In Summer?

It all boils down to preference.

Our reaction to environmental temperatures is purely based on instinct- We can’t explain why we tend to feel uncomfortable in rooms below or above certain temperature ranges (It just happens). However, this doesn’t mean we should crank up our air conditioners at full power during the summer.

The US Department of Energy discovered that 78℉ (26℃) happens to be the best temperature for air conditioners in the summer. We call this setting the “safe zone” (You’re able to keep cool without spending a fortune on monthly electricity bills).

However, some see this setting to be uncomfortably high.

It might be difficult at first, but there is a way you can train your body to adjust to a more efficient temperature range (It doesn’t have to be exactly 78℉. A small compromise is allowed).

Start by slightly adjusting your air conditioner’s temperature setting as you draw closer to the 78° mark. You might want to lower it by a degree or two after 3-4 days until you hit that “favorable” setting- This will give your bodies the time to adjust to the new room temperatures.

An important heads up: the preferred temperature setting for people dressed in summer clothes is somewhere between 71-79℉.

Best temperature setting for an air conditioner in summer when you’re away

You can save a lot more on electricity bills by setting a higher temperature setting when you’re leaving the house. We advise you to turn up your air conditioner setting by 5-7℉ when you’re leaving the house for work or some other outdoor activity (Going out for more than 3 hours). Every degree counts. This way, you’ll end up saving up to 10% of your electricity bills…
 
 
Continue reading and learn more about air conditioning on Daisy Linden’s blog.
 
 

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