You shouldn’t have to compromise on comfort or spend a lot to keep your home at a refreshing temp during warm days.
But what is the ideal temperature, exactly? We discuss ideas from energy specialists so you can choose the best setting for your residence.
Here’s what we advise for the most energy-efficient setting for air conditioning in Jefferson City.
Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer
Most households find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a huge difference between your interior and outside warmth, your AC costs will be bigger.
These are our suggestions based on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and ENERGY STAR®.
While at home: 78 degrees. While that seems hot, there are ways you can keep your house refreshing without having the air conditioning going constantly.
Keeping windows and blinds down during the day keeps chilled air where it needs to be—indoors. Some window coverings, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to provide added insulation and better energy conservation.
If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can move thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees higher without sacrificing comfort. That’s due to the fact they cool with a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not rooms, switch them off when you leave a room.
If 78 degrees still feels too hot initially, try running a test for approximately a week. Get started by increasing your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, progressively decrease it while adhering to the tips above. You may be shocked at how cool you feel at a hotter temperature setting.
While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the air conditioner working all day while your home is unoccupied. Switching the setting 7–10 degrees hotter can save you as much as 5–15% on your cooling expenses, according to the DOE.
When you come home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your house more rapidly. This isn’t effective and usually produces a more expensive electricity expense.
A programmable thermostat is a helpful way to keep your settings under control, but you need to set programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you run the risk of forgetting to raise the set temperature when you leave.
If you’re looking for a convenient remedy, think over getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it knows when you’re at home and when you’re away. Then it instinctively adjusts temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? Typically $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.
Another perk of using a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to monitor and change temperature settings from just about anywhere.
While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR suggests 82 degrees, that may be too uncomfortable for most families. The majority of people sleep better when their sleeping area is chilly, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation suggests 60–67 degrees. But that may be too cool, due to your clothing and blanket preference.
We suggest using a comparable test over a week, setting your thermostat higher and steadily decreasing it to select the ideal setting for your house. On mild nights, you might find keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a superior option than running the air conditioner.
More Ways to Use Less Energy During Warm Weather
There are other approaches you can save money on AC bills throughout warm weather.
- Install an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they get older. An updated air conditioner can keep your house more comfortable while keeping cooling costs low.
- Schedule annual air conditioner service. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment running like it should and could help it operate at better efficiency. It could also help lengthen its life span, since it enables pros to spot seemingly insignificant issues before they lead to a major meltdown.
- Change air filters frequently. Read manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A dirty filter can cause your system to short cycle, or run too often, and drive up your electricity.
- Measure attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of residences in the USA don’t have enough insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
- Have your ductwork examined. Ductwork that has separated over time can let conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to major comfort troubles in your home, like hot and cold spots.
- Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep hot air where it should be by closing holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more cold air inside.
Save More Energy During Warm Weather with Stieferman Heating Company Inc
If you need to save more energy during hot weather, our Stieferman Heating Company Inc experts can assist you. Get in touch with us at 573-635-3547 or contact us online for extra info about our energy-saving cooling solutions.