You shouldn’t need to compromise on comfort or drain your wallet to keep your residence at a pleasant temperature during the summer.
But what is the best temperature, exactly? We go over recommendations from energy pros so you can select the best temperature for your family.
Here’s what we suggest for the most energy-efficient setting for air conditioning in Racine.
Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer
Most households find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a huge difference between your indoor and outside temps, your electricity costs 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 seems too high, there are ways you can keep your home refreshing without having the AC running constantly.
Keeping windows and blinds closed during the day keeps cool air where it belongs—within your home. Some window coverings, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to give added insulation and enhanced energy conservation.
If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can move thermostat settings about 4 degrees hotter without compromising comfort. That’s because they cool by a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not spaces, shut them off when you move from a room.
If 78 degrees still feels too uncomfortable on the surface, try doing a trial for a week or so. Begin by upping your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, gradually turn it down while using the advice above. You might be astonished at how refreshed you feel at a higher temperature setting.
While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the air conditioning running all day while your house is unoccupied. Moving the setting 7¬¬–10 degrees hotter can save you an estimated 5–15% on your electricity bills, according to the DOE.
When you get home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your house more quickly. This isn’t effective and typically leads to a more expensive air conditioner expense.
A programmable thermostat is a helpful way to keep your temp in check, but it requires setting programs. If you don’t set programs, you risk forgetting to change the set temperature when you take off.
If you’re looking for a convenient resolution, think about getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at your house and when you’re away. Then it intuitively modifies temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? An estimated $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.
Another benefit of having a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to keep an eye on and adjust temperature settings from just about anywhere.
While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR suggests 82 degrees, that might be unpleasant for many families. Many people sleep better when their bedroom is chilled, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation suggests 60–67 degrees. But that might be too cool, based on your clothing and blanket preference.
We recommend running a similar test over a week, setting your temperature higher and steadily turning it down to pinpoint the ideal temp for your family. On cool nights, you could discover keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a superior solution than running the air conditioner.
More Methods to Conserve Energy During Hot Weather
There are additional approaches you can save money on utility bills throughout the summer.
- Upgrade to an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they age. A new air conditioner can keep your home more comfortable while keeping electricity expenses down.
- Schedule annual air conditioning tune-ups. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your system working smoothly and might help it run at better efficiency. It can also help prolong its life expectancy, since it enables techs to discover little problems before they lead to an expensive meltdown.
- Switch air filters regularly. Follow manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A dusty filter can lead to your system short cycling, or turn on and off too frequently, and drive up your cooling expenses.
- Measure attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of homes in the United States don’t have enough insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates need 16–18”.
- Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has loosened as it’s aged can seep conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in major comfort troubles in your house, including hot and cold spots.
- Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep humid air where it belongs by closing openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more cold air indoors.
Save More Energy This Summer with Keystone Heating & Air Conditioning Co., Inc
If you are looking to save more energy during warm weather, our Keystone Heating & Air Conditioning Co., Inc experts can assist you. Give us a call at 262-358-9468 or contact us online for extra details about our energy-saving cooling solutions.