You shouldn’t need to give up comfort or spend a lot to keep your residence at a refreshing temp during hot days.

But what is the ideal setting, exactly? We discuss recommendations from energy professionals so you can choose the best temp for your house.

Here’s what we recommend for the most energy-efficient setting for air conditioning in Port Orchard.

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a big difference between your indoor and outdoor temperatures, your electrical costs 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 appears too high, there are approaches you can keep your residence cool without having the air conditioner going all the time.

Keeping windows and window treatments down during the day keeps cool air where it belongs—indoors. Some window coverings, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to give more insulation and better energy conservation.

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

If 78 degrees still seems too hot initially, try running a test for about a week. Get started by upping your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, steadily turn it down while using the tips above. You could be surprised at how comfortable you feel at a hotter temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no reason to keep the air conditioner working all day while your residence is vacant. Switching the temperature 7–10 degrees higher can save you an estimated 5–15% on your electricity costs, according to the DOE.

When you arrive home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your residence more quickly. This isn’t productive and typically leads to a bigger electricity cost.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful way to keep your settings in check, but you need to set programs. If you don’t use programs, you might forget to raise the set temperature when you leave.

If you want a handy remedy, think over getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at your house and when you’re away. Then it instinctively changes temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? About $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another advantage of getting 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 advises 82 degrees, that could be too uncomfortable for the majority of families. The majority of people sleep better when their bedroom is chilled, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation suggests 60–67 degrees. But that could be too cool, depending on your PJ and blanket preference.

We advise following a similar test over a week, putting your thermostat higher and gradually turning it down to pinpoint the right temp for your family. On cool nights, you might find keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a better option than running the air conditioning.

More Ways to Conserve Energy During Hot Weather

There are extra methods you can conserve money on energy bills throughout the summer.

  1. Upgrade to an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they become older. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your residence cooler while keeping energy costs down.
  2. Book annual air conditioner tune-ups. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment operating smoothly and could help it work more efficiently. It could also help lengthen its life cycle, since it allows pros to discover little issues before they create a major meltdown.
  3. Switch air filters frequently. Use manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A clogged filter can result in your system short cycling, or switch on and off too much, and increase your energy.
  4. Check attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of residences in the USA don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
  5. Have your ductwork inspected. Ductwork that has loosened over time can let conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create major comfort issues in your residence, including hot and cold spots.
  6. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep hot air where it belongs by sealing openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more cool air indoors.

Conserve More Energy During Hot Weather with Air Masters Heating & Cooling

If you need to save more energy during hot weather, our Air Masters Heating & Cooling professionals can provide assistance. Get in touch with us at 360-205-7115 or contact us online for additional details about our energy-saving cooling solutions.