You shouldn’t have to sacrifice comfort or drain your wallet to keep your house at the right temperature during the summer.

But what is the right temp, exactly? We review suggestions from energy experts so you can select the best temp for your loved ones.

Here’s what we advise for the most energy-efficient setting for air conditioning in East Bernard.

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most people find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a huge difference between your inside and outdoor temperatures, your cooling expenses will be larger.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that sounds too high, there are ways you can keep your residence cool without having the air conditioning on constantly.

Keeping windows and curtains closed during the day keeps cold air where it needs to be—within your home. Some window solutions, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to offer added insulation and improved energy efficiency.

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can increase thermostat temps about 4 degrees higher without giving up comfort. That’s due to the fact they cool by a windchill effect. As they cool people, not rooms, shut them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still appears too uncomfortable initially, try conducting a trial for about a week. Begin by increasing your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, steadily lower it while using the ideas above. You could be shocked at how comfortable you feel at a warmer temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the AC on all day while your house is unoccupied. Moving the setting 7–10 degrees warmer can save you an estimated 5–15% on your air conditioning bills, according to the DOE.

When you get home, don’t be tempted to set your thermostat under 78 to cool your home faster. This isn’t effective and usually produces a bigger electrical cost.

A programmable thermostat is a useful method to keep your temperature under control, but it requires setting programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you risk forgetting to change the set temperature when you leave.

If you’re looking for a convenient fix, consider getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at home and when you’re out. Then it automatically adjusts temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? Usually $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another benefit of getting a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to watch and adjust temperature settings from nearly anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR advises 82 degrees, that could be unpleasant for most families. The majority of people sleep better when their sleeping area is cold, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation advises 60–67 degrees. But that might be too cold, due to your pajama and blanket preference.

We suggest running an equivalent test over a week, setting your thermostat higher and slowly decreasing it to choose the right temperature for your house. On pleasant nights, you might discover keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a superior solution than running the air conditioner.

More Approaches to Use Less Energy During Warm Weather

There are additional approaches you can conserve money on AC bills throughout warm weather.

  1. Buy an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they become older. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your home more comfortable while keeping utility costs small.
  2. Set regular air conditioner tune-ups. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your system working like it should and might help it operate at better efficiency. It might also help prolong its life span, since it allows pros to pinpoint seemingly insignificant issues before they cause a major meltdown.
  3. Switch air filters frequently. Read manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A dusty filter can cause your system to short cycle, or turn on and off too frequently, and drive up your electrical.
  4. Inspect attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of houses 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 should have 16–18”.
  5. Have your ductwork inspected. Ductwork that has loosened over time can leak cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in big comfort problems in your house, such as hot and cold spots.
  6. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep humid air where it belongs by closing holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more conditioned air within your home.

Save More Energy This Summer with E.B. Air

If you need to use less energy this summer, our E.B. Air professionals can assist you. Get in touch with us at 979-335-4262 or contact us online for additional info about our energy-saving cooling options.