You shouldn’t need to compromise on comfort or empty your wallet to keep your home at a pleasant temperature during hot days.

But what is the best temperature, exactly? We go over suggestions from energy pros so you can select the best temperature for your residence.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a sizeable difference between your inside and outdoor temperatures, your AC bills will be greater.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that seems hot, there are approaches you can keep your residence cool without having the air conditioning going frequently.

Keeping windows and window treatments closed during the day keeps cold air where it should be—inside. Some window coverings, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to deliver added insulation and better energy conservation.

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can raise thermostat temps about 4 degrees higher without sacrificing comfort. That’s because they refresh with a windchill effect. Because they cool people, not spaces, shut them off when you move from a room.

If 78 degrees still appears too hot initially, try doing a test for a week or so. Start by upping your setting to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, steadily decrease it while following the ideas above. You might be amazed at how cool you feel at a warmer temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the air conditioner running all day while your house is empty. Moving the setting 7–10 degrees higher can save you anywhere from 5–15% on your AC costs, according to the DOE.

When you come home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat under 78 to cool your home more quickly. This isn’t productive and usually leads to a more expensive cooling bill.

A programmable thermostat is a useful method to keep your temperature under control, but you have to set programs. If you don’t set programs, you run the risk of forgetting to move the set temperature when you leave.

If you need a handy solution, think over getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at home and when you’re gone. Then it automatically modifies temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? About $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another advantage of having a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to keep an eye on and regulate temperature settings from almost 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 area is cold, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation recommends 60–67 degrees. But that might be too chilly, depending on your PJ and blanket preference.

We recommend using an equivalent test over a week, setting your temperature higher and steadily lowering it to select the right setting for your residence. On pleasant nights, you may learn keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a preferable idea than operating the air conditioning.

More Ways to Use Less Energy During Hot Weather

There are extra ways you can conserve money on air conditioning bills throughout hot weather.

  1. Get an energy-efficient AC system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they become older. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your house cooler while keeping AC expenses small.
  2. Set regular air conditioner service. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment operating like it should and could help it run more efficiently. It could also help prolong its life span, since it enables techs to pinpoint little troubles before they lead to a major meltdown.
  3. Put in new air filters often. Follow manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A clogged filter can cause your system to short cycle, or run too frequently, and drive up your electricity.
  4. Check attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of residences in the USA don’t have enough insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most southern climates need 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
  5. Have your ductwork examined. 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, like hot and cold spots.
  6. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep hot air where it should be by closing cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more cool air indoors.

Conserve More Energy During Warm Weather with Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning

If you want to use less energy during hot weather, our Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning professionals can provide assistance. Give us a call at 734-284-1224 or contact us online for extra info about our energy-saving cooling options.