You shouldn’t need to sacrifice comfort or spend a lot to keep your house at a pleasant temperature during muggy weather.
But what is the right temperature, exactly? We review suggestions from energy experts so you can select the best setting for your family.
Here’s what we suggest for the most energy-efficient setting for air conditioning in Narvon.
Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer
Most people find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a sizeable difference between your inside and outdoor warmth, your cooling bills will be greater.
This is our advice based on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and ENERGY STAR®.
While at home: 78 degrees. While that sounds too high, there are ways you can keep your home pleasant without having the air conditioning on constantly.
Keeping windows and blinds shut during the day keeps cold air where it belongs—inside. Some window treatments, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to deliver added insulation and enhanced energy savings.
If you have ceiling fans in your home, the DOE says you can move thermostat settings about 4 degrees higher without sacrificing comfort. That’s since they refresh by a windchill effect. As they cool people, not rooms, switch them off when you move from a room.
If 78 degrees still appears too warm at first glance, try doing a test for about a week. Get started by increasing your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, progressively lower it while using the ideas above. You might be surprised at how refreshed you feel at a warmer temperature setting.
While away: 88 degrees. There’s no reason to keep the AC on all day while your home is vacant. Moving the temperature 7–10 degrees hotter can save you as much as 5–15% on your AC expenses, according to the DOE.
When you come home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat under 78 to cool your home faster. This isn’t productive and typically leads to a bigger air conditioner expense.
A programmable thermostat is a good method to keep your temperature in check, but you have to set programs. If you don’t set programs, you might forget to move the set temperature when you go.
If you need a handy solution, think over installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it knows when you’re at home and when you’re gone. Then it intuitively changes temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? Usually $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.
Another plus of getting a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to monitor and adjust temperature settings from nearly anywhere.
While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR recommends 82 degrees, that might be unpleasant for the majority of families. Many people sleep better when their sleeping area is chilled, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation recommends 60–67 degrees. But that could be too cold, based on your pajama and blanket preference.
We advise following a comparable test over a week, setting your temp higher and steadily turning it down to locate the ideal temperature for your house. On pleasant nights, you could discover keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a superior option than running the air conditioning.
More Methods to Save Energy During Warm Weather
There are added ways you can save money on utility bills throughout hot weather.
- Get an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they get older. A new air conditioner can keep your home cooler while keeping electrical expenses low.
- Book annual air conditioner tune-ups. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit working smoothly and might help it work more efficiently. It might also help lengthen its life expectancy, since it helps professionals to spot little troubles before they create a major meltdown.
- Change air filters regularly. Use manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A dusty filter can result in your system short cycling, or turn on and off too much, and increase your utility.
- Inspect attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of houses in the U.S. don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. The majority of southern climates should have 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
- Have your ductwork examined. Ductwork that has separated over time can let cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in big comfort problems in your home, such as hot and cold spots.
- Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep warm air where it belongs by closing cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more conditioned air within your home.
Save More Energy During Hot Weather with Ameri-Tec
If you want to save more energy this summer, our Ameri-Tec pros can help. Give us a call at 717-479-4950 or contact us online for additional details about our energy-saving cooling products.