You shouldn’t have to compromise on comfort or spend a lot to keep your house at a refreshing setting during the summer.
But what is the right temp, exactly? We review ideas from energy pros so you can find the best temperature for your family.
Here’s what we suggest for the most energy-efficient setting for air conditioning in Alice.
Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer
Most families find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a huge difference between your indoor and outside warmth, your electricity expenses will be higher.
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 house pleasant without having the AC on frequently.
Keeping windows and blinds shut during the day keeps cold air where it belongs—indoors. Some window solutions, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to provide more insulation and enhanced energy efficiency.
If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can increase thermostat settings about 4 degrees higher without giving up comfort. That’s due to the fact they refresh with a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not areas, shut them off when you leave a room.
If 78 degrees still seems too uncomfortable at first glance, try doing a test for a week or so. Get started by upping your setting to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, progressively lower it while adhering to the advice above. You could be shocked at how cool you feel at a higher temperature setting.
While away: 88 degrees. There’s no reason to keep the AC going all day while your home is empty. Moving the temp 7¬¬–10 degrees higher can save you anywhere from 5–15% on your electrical expenses, according to the DOE.
When you get home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your home more rapidly. This isn’t productive and typically leads to a higher cooling cost.
A programmable thermostat is a good approach to keep your temperature in check, but you have to set programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you might forget to increase the set temperature when you leave.
If you’re looking for a hassle-free fix, think about buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your residence and when you’re out. Then it intuitively changes temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? An estimated $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.
Another plus of having a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to watch and change temperature settings from just about anywhere.
While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR advises 82 degrees, that could be too uncomfortable for most families. The majority of people sleep better when their sleeping space is chilled, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation advises 60–67 degrees. But that may be too chilly, based on your clothing and blanket preference.
We advise running a comparable test over a week, putting your temperature higher and steadily lowering it to determine the right temp for your family. On mild nights, you could discover keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a better idea than using the air conditioner.
More Approaches to Conserve Energy During Hot Weather
There are other ways you can conserve money on cooling bills throughout the summer.
- Get an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they get older. A new air conditioner can keep your home cooler while keeping electricity costs down.
- Set regular air conditioner maintenance. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your system running smoothly and may help it run more efficiently. It may also help lengthen its life span, since it enables techs to discover small troubles before they create an expensive meltdown.
- Change air filters regularly. Read manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A dirty filter can lead to your system short cycling, or turn on and off too frequently, and raise your cooling bills.
- Inspect attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of homes in the United States don’t have adequate insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. The majority of southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates need 16–18”.
- Have your ductwork examined. Ductwork that has separated as it’s aged can let conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in major comfort problems in your home, such as hot and cold spots.
- Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep hot air where it belongs by sealing holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more cold air within your home.
Use Less Energy This Summer with Rescue Heating & Air
If you are looking to save more energy during hot weather, our Rescue Heating & Air pros can assist you. Give us a call at 361-265-4371 or contact us online for extra details about our energy-saving cooling solutions.