You shouldn’t need to give up comfort or drain your wallet to keep your residence at a pleasant temperature during the summer.

But what is the best temperature, exactly? We review suggestions from energy pros so you can choose the best temp for your family.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most households find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a sizeable difference between your inside and outdoor warmth, your electricity bills will be bigger.

This is our advice based on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and ENERGY STAR®.

While at home: 78 degrees. While that appears hot, there are ways you can keep your home pleasant without having the air conditioner running all the time.

Keeping windows and blinds closed during the day keeps chilled air where it belongs—indoors. Some window coverings, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to give extra insulation and enhanced energy efficiency.

If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can increase thermostat temps about 4 degrees higher without giving up comfort. That’s since they refresh through a windchill effect. Because they cool people, not spaces, shut them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still seems too warm at first glance, try conducting a test for a week or so. Start by raising your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, steadily decrease it while following the tips above. You might be astonished at how cool you feel at a hotter temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the AC working all day while your residence is vacant. Switching the setting 7–10 degrees warmer can save you an estimated 5–15% on your cooling costs, according to the DOE.

When you come home, don’t be tempted to set your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your residence faster. This isn’t productive and often produces a higher electricity cost.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful approach to keep your temperature controlled, but you need to set programs. If you don’t use programs, you might forget to increase the set temperature when you go.

If you’re looking for a hassle-free fix, think over getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it knows when you’re at home and when you’re out. Then it automatically adjusts temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? About $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another plus of getting a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to keep an eye on and regulate temperature settings from nearly anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR advises 82 degrees, that may be too uncomfortable for many families. The majority of people sleep better when their bedroom is cold, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation recommends 60–67 degrees. But that may be too chilly, due to your PJ and blanket preference.

We recommend using a similar test over a week, moving your thermostat higher and progressively decreasing it to determine the best temperature for your family. On pleasant nights, you might find keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a superior idea than running the air conditioner.

More Approaches to Use Less Energy During Hot Weather

There are extra approaches you can save money on air conditioning bills throughout warm weather.

  1. Buy an energy-efficient AC system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they age. A new air conditioner can keep your house more comfortable while keeping utility costs small.
  2. Set regular air conditioner maintenance. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your system working properly and might help it work at better efficiency. It could also help extend its life span, since it enables professionals to uncover little issues before they cause a major meltdown.
  3. Put in new air filters often. Use 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. Measure attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of homes in the United States don’t have enough insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. The majority of southern climates should have 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
  5. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has separated over time can seep cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create huge comfort troubles in your residence, like hot and cold spots.
  6. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep humid air where it should be by plugging cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more cold air within your home.

Save More Energy During Hot Weather with Fal-Ken Heating & Cooling Corporation

If you want to use less energy during warm weather, our Fal-Ken Heating & Cooling Corporation experts can provide assistance. Reach us at 631-460-5159 or contact us online for additional info about our energy-saving cooling solutions.