You shouldn’t have to sacrifice comfort or drain your wallet to keep your residence at a pleasant temperature during the summer.

But what is the ideal setting, exactly? We review recommendations from energy experts so you can select the best temperature for your home.

Here’s what we recommend for the most energy-efficient setting for air conditioning in Swanton.

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most people find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a major difference between your interior and outside temperatures, your AC costs will be higher.

These are our recommendations based on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and ENERGY STAR®.

While at home: 78 degrees. While that sounds too high, there are methods you can keep your residence pleasant without having the AC running constantly.

Keeping windows and curtains shut during the day keeps chilled air where it should be—inside. Some window solutions, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to provide extra insulation and enhanced energy efficiency.

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can raise thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees hotter without giving up comfort. That’s since they refresh through a windchill effect. Because they cool people, not spaces, turn them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too warm on the surface, try conducting a test for approximately a week. Begin by raising your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, gradually lower it while following the ideas above. You might be astonished at how refreshed you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the air conditioner on all day while your home is empty. Turning the temperature 7–10 degrees warmer can save you as much as 5–15% on your cooling bills, according to the DOE.

When you come home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat under 78 to cool your house more quickly. This isn’t useful and usually produces a higher air conditioner cost.

A programmable thermostat is a good way to keep your temp in check, but you have to set programs. If you don’t set programs, you run the risk of forgetting to change the set temperature when you leave.

If you need a convenient solution, consider buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at your house and when you’re gone. Then it instinctively modifies temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? Typically $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another perk of getting a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to watch and regulate temperature settings from just about anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR suggests 82 degrees, that might be too uncomfortable for most families. The majority of people sleep better when their bedroom is cold, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation suggests 60–67 degrees. But that might be too cold, due to your clothing and blanket preference.

We recommend following a comparable test over a week, putting your temperature higher and slowly lowering it to pick the ideal setting for your family. On cool nights, you may learn keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a superior solution than using the air conditioner.

More Approaches to Conserve Energy During Warm Weather

There are added methods you can save money on air conditioning bills throughout hot weather.

  1. Install an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they become older. An updated air conditioner can keep your house more comfortable while keeping cooling expenses low.
  2. Book yearly air conditioner tune-ups. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your system working like it should and might help it work more efficiently. It can also help prolong its life cycle, since it helps pros to uncover small problems before they create a major meltdown.
  3. Switch air filters often. Use manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A dusty filter can cause your system to short cycle, or run too often, and raise your cooling.
  4. Inspect attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of houses in the U.S. don’t have enough insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates should have 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
  5. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has loosened over time can let cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create huge comfort troubles in your house, such as hot and cold spots.
  6. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep warm air where it belongs by sealing openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more cool air indoors.

Use Less Energy During Hot Weather with Northwest Services

If you are looking to save more energy during hot weather, our Northwest Services pros can provide assistance. Give us a call at 419-548-5017 or contact us online for additional details about our energy-saving cooling products.