(FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - One federal program may not have been thinking of the Carolinas when it made new recommendations for in-home air conditioners.
Last month, consumer reports released setting recommendations for air conditioners to help cut down cost and energy usage in residents' homes. According to the report, even in mild areas of the country that don't always experience long-term heat waves, energy bills can still sky rocket during the summer.
Energy Star, a federal program from the DOE and the Environmental Protection Agency, said the coolest you should keep your home is 78 degrees during the day and 82 degrees when you're sleeping.
- 78° F when you’re home
- 85° F when you’re at work or away
- 82° F when you’re sleeping
For those who are more heat-tolerant, they can experiment with the temperature, raising it 1° F at a time to see how it affects comfort and budget, they said.
The U.S. Department of Energy said keeping your home at 78 degrees while you're there is ideal. The DOE also said to use ceiling fans to keep cool.
In 2017, Fox News tested five home cooling myths, including ones about fans cooling rooms, using a bigger air conditioner, and turning down the temperature. FOX found that getting a larger air conditioner won't give you better results. Also, turning the temperature way down to cool the house faster doesn't work, they said.