You shouldn’t need to give up comfort or spend a lot to keep your house at a pleasant temp during warm days.
But what is the ideal temp, exactly? We review suggestions from energy specialists so you can choose the best temp for your family.
Here’s what we advise for the most energy-efficient setting for air conditioning in Rochester.
Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer
Most households find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a big difference between your inside and outdoor temps, your cooling bills will be higher.
This is our advice based on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and ENERGY STAR®.
While at home: 78 degrees. While that appears too high, there are ways you can keep your residence cool without having the air conditioner going frequently.
Keeping windows and curtains closed during the day keeps cool air where it needs to be—within your home. Some window coverings, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to offer added insulation and enhanced energy savings.
If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can raise thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees higher without giving up comfort. That’s due to the fact they refresh through a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not rooms, shut them off when you exit a room.
If 78 degrees still seems too warm at first glance, try doing a trial for a week or so. Get started by raising your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, progressively decrease it while following the advice above. You might be surprised at how refreshed you feel at a hotter temperature setting.
While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the air conditioner on all day while your house is vacant. Turning the setting 7¬¬–10 degrees higher can save you anywhere from 5–15% on your electrical costs, according to the DOE.
When you arrive home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat below 78 to cool your home more quickly. This isn’t productive and usually leads to a more expensive cooling expense.
A programmable thermostat is a helpful method to keep your temperature in check, but it requires setting programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you run the risk of forgetting to change the set temperature when you go.
If you want a handy remedy, think about getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your residence and when you’re away. Then it automatically adjusts temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? An estimated $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.
Another perk of having a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to keep an eye on and regulate temperature settings from nearly anywhere.
While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR suggests 82 degrees, that might be unbearable for many families. The majority of people sleep better when their bedroom is cold, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation recommends 60–67 degrees. But that might be too chilly, due to your clothing and blanket preference.
We recommend running an equivalent test over a week, putting your temp higher and gradually lowering it to choose the ideal temp for your family. On cool nights, you could find keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a preferable solution than running the air conditioner.
More Methods to Use Less Energy During Warm Weather
There are added methods you can spend less money on energy bills throughout the summer.
- Get an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they age. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your home comfier while keeping AC bills low.
- Book regular air conditioning maintenance. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit working like it should and might help it work at greater efficiency. It may also help prolong its life span, since it enables pros to pinpoint small problems before they create an expensive meltdown.
- Put in new air filters frequently. Use manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A dusty filter can result in your system short cycling, or switch on and off too frequently, and drive up your electricity expenses.
- Measure attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of residences in the United States don’t have adequate insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. The majority of southern climates should have 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
- Have your ductwork inspected. Ductwork that has separated over time can seep cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in huge comfort problems in your house, including hot and cold spots.
- Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep warm air where it belongs by closing openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more cool air within your home.
Save More Energy During Warm Weather with Brogan Heating & AC Inc
If you need to conserve more energy this summer, our Brogan Heating & AC Inc experts can provide assistance. Give us a call at 507-218-0088 or contact us online for more details about our energy-saving cooling products.