How cold should the air coming from my air conditioner be?

Thermostats have a huge impact on heating and air conditioning costs.

Heating and air conditioning aren’t one-size-fits-all services. While you can absolutely shave dollars off your HVAC costs by adjusting the temperature, comfort is paramount. There are other ways to save than always being too hot or too cold throughout the year. Even simple changes to the way you use your thermostat can have a big impact without forcing you to sacrifice comfort.

Consider these easy energy saving methods:

Lower the humidity.

Either use a humidity control add-on to your HVAC system or a traditional dehumidifier to lower the moisture content of the air. All on its own, this will make things feel colder. Why? Because dry air evaporates more sweat from your skin and cools your body naturally. Playing into this process allows you to keep the thermostat turned up higher without losing your cool.

Change your filter regularly.

If you notice build up on your HVAC filter when you change it once a month, change your schedule. While a bit of buildup actually helps your filter’s ability to capture contaminants, it also makes it harder for conditioned air to move through your system, making it necessary to burn more fuel to get the job done. Lower resistance by ensuring you are always using a clean filter, and you’ll be able to cool your home for less every day.

Program your thermostat.

Did you know fewer than 10 percent of homeowners with a programmable thermostat put those features to work? If you’re part of the 90 percent who ignore them, get serious about taking full advantage of the technology you own. Set your cooling to a schedule based on when you’re usually home. Not only will your home be comfortable when you’re indoors, you won’t be wasting energy cooling the air when you’re gone. Plus you’ll still be able to manually adjust the temperature if you change your routine for the day.