During the summer, we all want our homes to be cool and dry to give us an escape from the sweltering heat and humidity. Before you lower the temperature on your thermostat, it might help you to understand what your AC can and cannot do for you. If you make it too cool, you’ll be handing over too many dollars to the utility company unnecessarily, with it likely not even feeling all that comfortable. If you let the house get hot and humid during the day and do all your cooling at night, then the system will struggle to keep up and it will take forever to properly dehumidify the house. Here’s our advice on how to find the best temperature for your home during the summer season.
What is the best temperature for your home during the summer?
Everyone has a different sense of hot and cold, so what’s right for one person might be uncomfortable for another, but we believe we have found the perfect middle ground. The preferred temperature set by the Ontario Building Code is 75°F or 24°C. If you can maintain 24°C throughout the house, you should be quite comfortable.
Some people like it cooler, while some a bit warmer, so you can just think of 24°C as the anchor point and adjust sparingly from there. That being said, 22°C should ideally be the lowest limit. This temperature range allows you to feel cool and comfortable without overworking a properly designed and installed cooling system, which means that your bills will remain within a reasonable range. There are also a few things you can do to make what we believe is the best temperature for your home during the summer feel even cooler, without dropping the temperature on your thermostat.
Constant fan operation on the furnace
Too hot on the second floor and too cold in the basement? This is a common problem! The best remedy is to ensure all the inlet and outlet vents on the upper floor are open and unobstructed. When they are fully opened, let the furnace fan run continuously. This will help redistribute the extra cool air in the basement to the upper floors.
Installing smart thermostats gives you more control over the temperature inside your home during the summer and allows you a bit more freedom to find the best temperature for your needs. The remote capabilities of these thermostats allow you to change the temperature from anywhere with a wireless device, which means you can set the temperature a few degrees higher when you are away, and a few degrees lower before you arrive home.
Ceiling fans can make your home feel up to 2° cooler, and they increase the rate at which the cool air from your air conditioner gets dispersed throughout your home. By giving your cooling system a bit of assistance, you can make 22°C – 24°C feel like the best temperature for your home during the summer.
Don’t sweat high utility bills this summer, the HVAC experts at
Delta have the equipment and solutions you need to stay cool all summer long!
The team of HVAC experts at Delta has been proudly serving the Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge, and Guelph regions heating and cooling needs since the 1950s. We are committed to providing our clients with cost-effective solutions and high-quality equipment.