What is the ideal home temperature? Don’t be surprised if the answers you receive to this question widely vary – and not just numerically. While some may prioritize comfort over cost, others may prefer to ensure maximum efficiency and lowest cost possible even at the expense of comfort.
Which is more important to you – money or comfort? Luckily, compromises are possible so you can enjoy both! Here are a few ways to be the most efficient with your home’s cooling and heating while still maintaining the maximum quality of life for you and your family.
Having a programmable thermostat is a great solution to ensuring the most economical use of your HVAC system. By only adjusting the temperature when it’s needed and in the smallest increments possible, you can lessen your monthly bills while avoiding costly jumps and dips in indoor temperature.
Check for Open Gaps
It’s important to periodically check your doors, windows and any other openings to ensure there are no open gaps that may cause expensive heat/air to escape from your house! Luckily these issues are easily mitigated temporarily using weatherstrips until you are able to secure a permanent solution. This can also help lessen the workload of your HVAC system to keep up with your ideal home temperature while making up for air/heat lost through the gaps.
Check Your Curtains
Believe it or not, whether you keep your curtains open or not can have a big effect on the temperature of your house! For hotter days, make sure your curtains are shut to keep out sun that can cause your house to heat up, thereby keeping your A/C more active than it needs to be. Similarly, during colder days, having that extra bit of sunlight can help keep temperatures comfortable indoors.
Avoid Drastic Changes in Indoor Temperature
A big reason why your monthly bills might be more expensive than anticipated could be due to manual changes in temperature – the more your HVAC system has to work to make up the difference in temperature, the more energy is being utilized. Whether this is caused by rapidly-changing weather (as many Texans have come to know well) or by family members who prefer different temperatures, it’s important to keep these changes to a minimum. Although you may have to come to a family compromise for the ideal home temperature, your wallet will thank you.
Routine HVAC Maintenance
It’s so important to keep up with routine HVAC maintenance to avoid inefficient system use. If your HVAC system isn’t operating at peak performance, you could be needlessly spending more on your heating/cooling bill than necessary. If you aren’t sure if it’s time to get your HVAC checked, give Max Air a call and we can set up with a schedule. You will notice a difference in both performance and cost if you take care of your HVAC system – as most families run their air conditioning or heat 99% of the time, constant usage can take a toll!
No matter what your ideal home temperature is, you can enjoy it without overspending on your bill each month. For routine maintenance, troubleshooting and more, give Max Air a call for the best HVAC service in Arlington and beyond.