You shouldn’t be forced to give up comfort or spend a lot to keep your house at the right setting during hot days.
But what is the right setting, exactly? We discuss suggestions from energy experts so you can choose the best temp for your home.
Here’s what we suggest for the most energy-efficient setting for air conditioning in Neptune City.
Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer
Most people find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a big difference between your interior and outside temps, your utility costs 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 sounds warm, there are methods you can keep your house pleasant without having the AC running frequently.
Keeping windows and window treatments closed during the day keeps chilled air where it belongs—within your home. Some window treatments, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to give 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 hotter without giving up comfort. That’s because they freshen with a windchill effect. Because they cool people, not rooms, shut them off when you move from a room.
If 78 degrees still feels too hot on the surface, try doing a test for about a week. Get started by raising your setting to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, progressively decrease it while using the tips above. You could be shocked at how refreshed you feel at a higher temperature setting.
While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the air conditioner going all day while your home is vacant. Switching the temperature 7–10 degrees hotter can save you as much as 5–15% on your air conditioning expenses, according to the DOE.
When you get home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat below 78 to cool your residence more rapidly. This isn’t useful and typically produces a more expensive electrical bill.
A programmable thermostat is a good way to keep your settings under control, but you need to set programs. If you don’t use programs, you run the risk of forgetting to move the set temperature when you take off.
If you want a hassle-free solution, consider getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at your house and when you’re gone. Then it automatically changes temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? Typically $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.
Another advantage of installing a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to watch and regulate temperature settings from just about anywhere.
While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR recommends 82 degrees, that may be too uncomfortable for many families. Most people sleep better when their sleeping area is cold, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation suggests 60–67 degrees. But that might be too cold, depending on your pajama and blanket preference.
We suggest following a similar test over a week, putting your temp higher and gradually turning it down to pick the right temp for your residence. On pleasant nights, you may find keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a superior option than running the air conditioner.
More Methods to Use Less Energy During Warm Weather
There are extra ways you can spend less money on energy bills throughout the summer.
- Buy an energy-efficient AC system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they age. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your home more comfortable while keeping AC bills down.
- Schedule yearly air conditioner maintenance. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment running properly and might help it operate at greater efficiency. It might also help prolong its life span, since it enables pros to pinpoint little problems before they create a major meltdown.
- Change air filters frequently. Read manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A clogged filter can lead to your system short cycling, or run too often, and drive up your electricity.
- Check attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of houses in the U.S. don’t have adequate insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
- Have your ductwork examined. Ductwork that has loosened over time can seep conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create huge comfort problems in your house, like hot and cold spots.
- Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep hot air in its place by closing holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more conditioned air within your home.
Use Less Energy During Hot Weather with Aggressive Mechanical
If you want to use less energy this summer, our Aggressive Mechanical experts can provide assistance. Reach us at 732-806-5536 or contact us online for extra details about our energy-saving cooling products.