Science says that the human body is most comfortable when the indoor air temperature is within a few digits of 75 degrees Fahrenheit in the warm summer months. However, many business owners wonder what temperature they should set their thermostat that provides optimal comfort without resulting in a massive cooling bill. It is important to remember that cooling costs are based on more than just the temperature alone. You must also assess humidity and other factors that could impact indoor air quality and comfort. Business owners may also consider implementing certain energy-saving tips to keep cooling costs low.
The Official Recommendation
The U.S. Department of Energy suggests setting the thermostat to 78 degrees when people are at home. Does this mean that building owners should follow suit in their buildings? While everyone’s level of comfort is different, 78 degrees is a comfortable temperature for most types of buildings. However, building owners can implement several ways to save on cooling costs if they prefer to set their thermostat to a lower temperature. Turning the thermostat up when no one is in the building in the evenings and at night, ensuring problems like leaky air ducts are promptly repaired or investing in an energy-efficient air conditioner.
Factors to Consider
Certain factors can affect how hot or cool a building is and how it responds to an air conditioning unit. By installing ceiling fans, a room can feel up to four degrees cooler. Installing ceiling fans throughout the building can provide a greater effect. It is also important to keep cool air in and hot air out by adding weatherstripping to the doors and windows. Closing windows and shades in the morning can help trap in cooler air. Avoid the use of heat-generating appliances which can make a warm space feel even hotter.
High humidity can make a space feel much hotter than it really is due to the amount of moisture in the air. The body naturally sweats to maintain body temperature, as the sweat evaporates from the skin it carries away body heat. When the air is humid, the increased amount of water vapor in the air makes it more challenging for sweat to evaporate making it difficult to keep cool. Building owners can measure the humidity in their buildings with a hygrometer, a simple tool with an easy-to-read display that shows what the relative humidity level is in a room.
Saving Money on Electricity Bills
There are many ways to save money on energy bills without sacrificing the comfort of the building’s inhabitants. Turning off the cooling system and keeping windows open at night if it is safe and externally cool enough to do. In the morning, closing the blinds and windows will help trap the cool air indoors. Window coverings can also be installed to help prevent heat from entering the building. Upgrading to a smart thermostat which has settings to promote energy efficiency by lowering the temperature during the day and automatically increasing it at night when the building is unoccupied.
Using Energy Efficient Air Conditioner Units
Upgrading to an energy efficient air conditioning unit has many benefits, the primary of which, is lower energy bills. Efficient AC units cost less to run significantly impacting the monthly electric bill. Upgrading to an energy efficient air conditioner also reduces the carbon footprint eliminating the release of harmful gases.
Modern air conditioning units also offer enhanced climate control capabilities. An AC unit can be equipped with a programmable thermostat to improve indoor comfort and keep cooling costs low.
Call Cool Works to Prepare for Summer Heat
If you are looking for ways to save on cooling costs this summer, you may be thinking about adjusting your thermostat. It is important to find a balance between comfort and efficiency. Start by assessing your current air conditioning system and upgrading to a more energy efficient model. The cooling experts at Cool Works Co. can help you prepare for the long summer ahead. Contact Cool Works Co. today to schedule professional commercial HVAC services.