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What Temperature Should I Set My AC to in Summer in the Coachella Valley?

Summer AC Recommendations from Earl’s Air Conditioning

Summertime in the Coachella Valley can be scorching, and the transition to rising temperatures may send you running to crank down your air conditioner to make up for it. Although setting your thermostat to 70-75 is typical for many SoCal users, this may not be the most cost-effective choice.

The team of Coachella Valley HVAC experts at Earl’s Air Conditioning can help you find a temperature that saves you money and keep you cool this summer. We can help you with Smart thermostat programming and making sure your AC is running smoothly to keep you cool no matter how hot it gets.

Call Earl’s Air Conditioning today to learn how we can help you beat the heat and discuss your HVAC needs with our Coachella Valley air conditioning professionals.

Ideal Temp for When You Are at Home or Away

The temperature difference between indoors and outdoors is recommended to be within 20 degrees of each other. Keeping the house at 78 when home and 86 when away can help bring your home within these guidelines. Adjusting the air conditioner to 78 degrees when at home will not only keep your AC from running 24/7 but will also equate to a more tolerable difference between indoor and outdoor temp.

Using a smart thermostat can help your AC system to learn your habits and adjust the temperature when you are home or away. It will prevent forgetting to turn the AC up when you leave and can adapt it to a cooler temperature in anticipation of arriving home.

70 degrees is a great temperature setting when it’s time to get to bed, as a cooler temp promotes a good night’s sleep. Sleep studies show that humans sleep best at 60 to 67 degrees, but when outside temps are above 100, 70 will feel much colder than it may seem by numbers alone. Restful nights help the body better adjust to everything it encounters during the day.

When you leave the house, turn your air conditioner down to 86, saving up to 10% on your electric bill by conserving energy. It will keep the house at a reasonable temperature and prevents the overuse of your air conditioner. Let your smart thermostat keep you cool and your house running seamlessly when you are home or away.

Tips for Keeping Your Home Cool During the Coachella Valley Summer

Keep your home cooler during the day by adjusting your indoor surroundings and making behavior changes. You can prevent increased heat by monitoring and adjusting the following:

  • Use blackout curtains or reflective curtains over your windows to help prevent heat from permeating your windows
  • Make sure the windows and doors are well-sealed to prevent loss of cooled air and prevent warm air penetration
  • Use a ceiling fan in the room you are currently in, as they have a “wind chill” effect, but remember to turn it off when you leave the room to save energy
  • Cook outside using your BBQ rather than using your oven or stove to reduce increased heat, or make cold meals as often as possible
  • Be sure that your HVAC system is energy star approved or energy-efficient
  • Check that your insulation is installed effectively and is not allowing hot air into the home or cool air out

Maintain Your HVAC System with Earl’s Air Conditioning

To fight the heat all year round, keep up on the maintenance of your HVAC system with help from the Coachella Valley HVAC professionals at Earl’s AC. Our air conditioning experts understand the importance of a well-maintained AC unit and ductwork because we live and work in the Coachella Valley. We know how hot it is here in Southern California and that when your AC is not working the heat will seem relentless. Don’t let summer temps win. Let our team keep you cool with HVAC inspections, maintenance, and repairs.

Contact Earl’s Air Conditioning in Coachella Valley today and schedule your inspection before the summer takes hold.

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