You shouldn’t be forced to give up comfort or drain your wallet to keep your home at the right temp during hot days.
But what is the right temperature, exactly? We go over advice from energy experts so you can select the best setting for your loved ones.
Here’s what we recommend for the most energy-efficient setting for air conditioning in Circleville.
Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer
Most people find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a sizeable difference between your indoor and outdoor warmth, your AC bills will be greater.
These are our suggestions based on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and ENERGY STAR®.
While at home: 78 degrees. While that appears warm, there are methods you can keep your residence cool without having the AC on constantly.
Keeping windows and curtains closed during the day keeps cold air where it needs to be—within your home. Some window coverings, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to provide added insulation and better energy savings.
If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can move thermostat temps about 4 degrees higher without giving up comfort. That’s because they refresh with a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not areas, switch them off when you move from a room.
If 78 degrees still seems too hot on the surface, try doing an experiment for approximately a week. Start by increasing your setting to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, progressively lower it while following the tips above. You might be amazed at how comfortable you feel at a higher temperature setting.
While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the air conditioning on all day while your residence is empty. Turning the temperature 7¬¬–10 degrees higher can save you as much as 5–15% on your air conditioning expenses, according to the DOE.
When you arrive home, don’t be tempted to set your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your house more rapidly. This isn’t useful and usually produces a more expensive electricity cost.
A programmable thermostat is a useful approach to keep your temp under control, but you need to set programs. If you don’t use programs, you risk forgetting to change the set temperature when you take off.
If you need a hassle-free fix, think over installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at your house and when you’re out. Then it automatically modifies temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? About $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.
Another plus of having a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to keep an eye on and change temperature settings from almost anywhere.
While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR suggests 82 degrees, that might be too uncomfortable for many families. Most people sleep better when their sleeping space is cold, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation recommends 60–67 degrees. But that might be too cold, due to your PJ and blanket preference.
We suggest following a similar test over a week, putting your temperature higher and gradually decreasing it to choose the ideal setting for your residence. On cool nights, you may learn keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a superior idea than using the air conditioning.
More Methods to Save Energy During Hot Weather
There are additional ways you can spend less money on utility bills throughout the summer.
- Get an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they get older. A new air conditioner can keep your house comfier while keeping electrical costs low.
- Set annual air conditioning maintenance. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit working like it should and could help it run at better efficiency. It may also help prolong its life expectancy, since it allows technicians to uncover seemingly insignificant issues before they lead to a major meltdown.
- Change air filters frequently. Read manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A dusty filter can lead to your system short cycling, or switch on and off too much, and drive up your cooling expenses.
- Check attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of homes in the United States don’t have adequate insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates need 16–18”.
- Have your ductwork examined. Ductwork that has come apart over the years can leak conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to big comfort problems in your residence, such as hot and cold spots.
- Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep warm air in its place by closing cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more cold air within your home.
Save More Energy During Hot Weather with Stephen Hurst Pack Heating and Cooling, Inc
If you want to conserve more energy this summer, our Stephen Hurst Pack Heating and Cooling, Inc experts can help. Reach us at 740-474-5940 or contact us online for more info about our energy-efficient cooling products.