The summer continues to heat up and become more humid which can leave you feeling uncomfortable in your own home. Being based in Conroe, Texas, Integrity Comfort Solutions has knowledge on how to remain comfortable in the southern heat and not break the bank with your utility bill.
Working from Home?
In order to keep a consistent, comfortable temperature during the hottest parts of the day, the U.S. Department of Energy recommends setting your thermostat to 78 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature will limit your utility bill from rising and will still keep colder air flowing compared to the heavy heat outside. If you still find yourself uncomfortable with the temperature but are too scared to touch the thermostat, then investing in a humidifier could do the trick. The goal is to trap that cold air inside for the summer, so also refrain from opening windows or doors for long periods of time while the AC is running.
Away for the Day
While you are away from the house all day, or any longer than two hours, the recommended temperature for your home ranges from 7 to 10 degrees higher than what it is normally set to. It may seem like a drastic increase in temperature, but it actually slows the heat coming into your home. This allows a little amount of energy wasted when cooling your home back down once you have returned later in the day.
Helpful Daily Tips
There are many solutions to cool down your home that do not involve adjusting your thermostat throughout the day. Here are some of the most popular solutions that could help that 78 degrees Fahrenheit feel cool again:
- Hang up blackout curtains that will completely block any heat and light entering your home
- Ensure your home is completely sealed by checking the door and window frames for any holes that could be letting hot air inside
- Limiting the use of a dishwasher, washer/dryer, stove or oven until after 8 p.m. could greatly decrease the amount of heat generated inside the house.
- Grilling during the day and leaving those chores to be done until nighttime could save on electricity bills
- Installing a ceiling fan in the common spaces of your home
- Replacing AC units with more energy-efficient models could help save money on utility bills and save the planet at the same time
Choosing a Thermostat Right for You
It may be daunting thinking about the various types of thermostats that are available for your home, but comparing their benefits might be able to help.
These thermostats are the most simple and still great for homeowners who prefer to adjust their home temperature themselves instead of relying on the house to decide.
A litter fancier calls for less work which is exactly what a programmable thermostat does for you. This device allows you to set your house at different temperatures throughout the day all through your device. You do not have to do this manually, but instead, put it on a schedule to turn on and off at various temperatures throughout the day. It is not only more energy-efficient but also convenient for homeowners who may forget to manually change the thermostat.
This modern take on a thermostat often called a Wi-Fi thermostat, is the most advanced model. Many of the smart thermostats include programmability, smartphone connection, energy reports, air quality and more! The smartphone connection allows you to adjust the temperature right from your phone even when you’re away. This could come in handy for those forgetful homeowners on the go or those who love coming home to a comfortable space.
Whether you just want some helpful tips to stay cool in the summer without touching your thermostat or you may even want to switch to a better model, Integrity Comfort Solutions is here for you. We not only offer repairs but also installations to cover all of your AC and thermostat needs for the Texas summer heat. Contact us today with any questions you may have!