You shouldn’t need to give up comfort or spend a lot to keep your home at a pleasant temp during summer weather.
But what is the ideal setting, exactly? We go over ideas from energy professionals so you can find the best temperature for your house.
Here’s what we advise for the most energy-efficient setting for air conditioning in Covington.
Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer
Most families find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a major difference between your indoor and outside warmth, your AC expenses will be bigger.
These are our recommendations based on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and ENERGY STAR®.
While at home: 78 degrees. While that appears hot, there are methods you can keep your house refreshing without having the AC running constantly.
Keeping windows and blinds shut during the day keeps cold air where it belongs—within your home. Some window coverings, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to give extra insulation and better energy conservation.
If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can raise thermostat temps about 4 degrees higher without giving up comfort. That’s because they cool by a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not areas, switch them off when you move from a room.
If 78 degrees still seems too warm at first glance, try running a trial for a week or so. Start by upping your setting to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, progressively turn it down while adhering to the advice above. You might be surprised at how refreshed you feel at a warmer temperature setting.
While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the air conditioner going all day while your home is unoccupied. Switching the setting 7–10 degrees warmer can save you anywhere from 5–15% on your electrical costs, according to the DOE.
When you come home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat below 78 to cool your residence faster. This isn’t productive and usually produces a more expensive electrical cost.
A programmable thermostat is a helpful way to keep your temperature controlled, but it requires setting programs. If you don’t set programs, you run the risk of forgetting to change the set temperature when you take off.
If you want a handy remedy, consider getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at your residence and when you’re out. Then it instinctively changes temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? Typically $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.
Another benefit of installing a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to keep an eye on and change temperature settings from just about anywhere.
While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR recommends 82 degrees, that might be unbearable for most families. The majority of people sleep better when their sleeping space is chilled, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation recommends 60–67 degrees. But that may be too chilly, based on your pajama and blanket preference.
We recommend using a comparable test over a week, putting your temp higher and steadily turning it down to choose the ideal setting for your residence. On pleasant nights, you could find keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a preferable idea than using the air conditioning.
More Ways to Conserve Energy During Warm Weather
There are extra methods you can save money on air conditioning bills throughout the summer.
- Buy an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they become older. An updated air conditioner can keep your residence comfier while keeping cooling costs small.
- Book annual air conditioner tune-ups. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your system running like it should and could help it operate more efficiently. It could also help extend its life cycle, since it allows technicians to uncover seemingly insignificant problems before they lead to a major meltdown.
- Switch air filters regularly. Read manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A dusty filter can result in your system short cycling, or run too frequently, and increase your utility.
- Check attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of residences in the United States don’t have enough insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates should have 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates need 16–18”.
- Have your ductwork inspected. Ductwork that has loosened over time can leak cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to major comfort issues in your residence, such as hot and cold spots.
- Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep muggy air where it should be by sealing cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more cold air indoors.
Conserve More Energy During Warm Weather with Covington Air Systems
If you want to use less energy this summer, our Covington Air Systems pros can assist you. Reach us at (770) 462-5319 or contact us online for more information about our energy-saving cooling products.