Slacker Knows the Perfect AC Temperature!

August 13, 2019

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It's hot out there, so don't focus on the heaters. Focus on the fans;)


1. Buy a programmable thermostat.

Whether you turn your central air off or turn the programmed temp up when you’re out of the house, a programmable thermostat like Nest can crank up the cool factor before you get home. That way your house will be comfortable when you walk in the door.

Amann notes that you’ll need to buy a thermostat that suits both your cooling and your heating systems. Some models don’t work with heat pumps, which can pose a problem in the winter, so check with whoever installed or services your system. If you use a window unit, an appliance timer can serve a similar purpose and newer models may include a timer as well as a thermostat.


2. Buy a ceiling fan.

Fans don’t necessarily chill a room, but they move air across your skin, making you feel cooler at a higher temperature. That allows you to set the thermostat higher without sacrificing comfort.

Because of that, though, it’s a waste of energy to leave a ceiling fan on in the hopes that it will keep your house cooler while you’re gone.


3. Plant some bushes.

Large, shady bushes planted on the south and west sides of your house will reduce heat gain during the day.


4. Create crosswinds.

The easiest way to cool a house is to open a window, but not too much. The less you open it, the more of a draft you’ll create, and it can also be a great natural air freshener.

You can create cross breezes in a one-story house or a single room by cracking one window’s bottom sash and another’s top sash. If you live in a two-story house, open a window on the first floor a crack and another window upstairs on the opposite side of the house. Experiment to see which windows work best and how much you should open them.


(Good Housekeeping)