You shouldn’t need to give up comfort or drain your wallet to keep your residence at a refreshing setting during summer weather.
But what is the ideal setting, exactly? We go over suggestions from energy professionals so you can determine the best temp for your loved ones.
Here’s what we recommend for the most energy-efficient setting for air conditioning in Newton.
Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer
Most families find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a sizeable difference between your inside and outside temperatures, your electricity costs will be bigger.
These are our recommendations based on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and ENERGY STAR®.
While at home: 78 degrees. While that sounds warm, there are ways you can keep your home cool without having the air conditioning going all the time.
Keeping windows and curtains down during the day keeps chilled air where it belongs—indoors. Some window coverings, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to give added insulation and improved energy conservation.
If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can raise thermostat temps about 4 degrees higher without giving up comfort. That’s because they refresh by a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not areas, shut them off when you move from a room.
If 78 degrees still feels too hot initially, try conducting an experiment for about a week. Start by increasing your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, gradually decrease it while using the tips above. You may be astonished at how refreshed you feel at a warmer temperature setting.
While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the air conditioning working all day while your home is empty. Switching the temperature 7–10 degrees hotter can save you anywhere from 5–15% on your air conditioning costs, according to the DOE.
When you arrive home, don’t be tempted to set your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your residence more rapidly. This isn’t effective and usually produces a higher electrical cost.
A programmable thermostat is a good method to keep your temperature in check, but you have to set programs. If you don’t use programs, you might forget to move the set temperature when you leave.
If you’re looking for a handy fix, consider installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your residence and when you’re out. Then it instinctively adjusts temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? Usually $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.
Another benefit of having a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to keep an eye on and change temperature settings from just about anywhere.
While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR recommends 82 degrees, that may 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 suggests 60–67 degrees. But that could be too chilly, based on your pajama and blanket preference.
We recommend using an equivalent test over a week, putting your thermostat higher and slowly turning it down to pick the ideal temp for your residence. On pleasant nights, you could discover keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a better option than running the air conditioning.
More Ways to Use Less Energy During Hot Weather
There are added approaches you can conserve money on energy bills throughout warm weather.
- Get an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they become older. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your residence comfier while keeping utility costs low.
- Schedule annual air conditioner service. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your system working properly and may help it operate at better efficiency. It can also help lengthen its life span, since it helps professionals to uncover little issues before they cause a major meltdown.
- Change air filters frequently. Follow manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A clogged filter can lead to your system short cycling, or run too often, and increase your electricity.
- Check attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of residences in the U.S. don’t have enough insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
- Have your ductwork examined. Ductwork that has come apart over time can seep cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in huge comfort troubles in your residence, such as hot and cold spots.
- Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep warm air in its place by closing openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more cold air inside.
Save More Energy This Summer with Brookwood Inc
If you are looking to conserve more energy this summer, our Brookwood Inc professionals can provide assistance. Reach us at 641-316-9803 or contact us online for more details about our energy-saving cooling solutions.