As the Albuquerque and Rio Rancho area heads into the summer, it doesn’t mean you should stop paying attention to your thermostat. If you have a high-efficiency air conditioning unit, you can still use a programmable thermostat during the summer. By using a programmable thermostat, you can get the most from your HVAC system, save money, and keep your home cool.
During the summer in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, your home can be stuffy and sweltering. Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling recommend you keep your temperature settings around 78 degrees Fahrenheit. Make good use of the “at home” setting on your programmable thermostat and set it to turn on thirty minutes before you arrive home. This will give it time to prepare the temperature in your house for when you get home and ensure it’s a nice comfortable temperature.
Now you may not have considered this, but when you’re away for an extended period, it’s better to keep your thermostat set a few degrees higher. We all want to take care of our pets and house plants, so you should keep your thermostat around 83 degrees. If it’s any higher than that, the temperature will start to affect pets, plants and possibly your electronics. Use the “away” feature on your thermostat if you’re planning to not be home for eight hours or longer.
When it comes time to hit the hay, you should keep your temperature anywhere between 60 and 67 degrees. The reason for this is based on your body’s natural lower temperature when you’re sleeping. A good way to keep your home cool at bedtime, but use less energy, is to set your thermostat to 70 or 72 degrees and turn on a ceiling fan. During the summer months, anything higher or lower than that temperature can cause restlessness.
Stick to our recommended temperatures in this article to keep your home cool and running efficiently. You can call Affordable Plumbing, Heating and Cooling to have us service your existing HVAC unit or install a new one! Visit our website to schedule an estimate today or call us! We service Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and the surrounding areas for air duct cleaning.