You shouldn’t be forced to give up comfort or drain your wallet to keep your residence at the right setting during summer weather.
But what is the right temp, exactly? We go over recommendations from energy experts so you can find the best temp for your house.
Here’s what we suggest for the most energy-efficient setting for air conditioning in Croydon.
Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer
Most households find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a big difference between your indoor and outside temperatures, your electrical bills 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 sounds too high, there are approaches you can keep your home cool without having the air conditioner on all the time.
Keeping windows and curtains shut during the day keeps cold air where it belongs—inside. Some window solutions, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to give extra insulation and enhanced energy savings.
If you have ceiling fans in your home, the DOE says you can raise thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees higher without compromising comfort. That’s because they cool with a windchill effect. As they cool people, not areas, shut them off when you leave a room.
If 78 degrees still appears too warm at first glance, try conducting a trial for approximately a week. Get started by raising your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, progressively decrease it while using the tips above. You could be shocked at how refreshed you feel at a higher temperature setting.
While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the AC on all day while your home is vacant. Switching the temp 7–10 degrees higher can save you as much as 5–15% on your AC costs, according to the DOE.
When you come home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your home more rapidly. This isn’t useful and typically results in a bigger electrical bill.
A programmable thermostat is a useful approach to keep your temp controlled, but you need to set programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you might forget to change the set temperature when you go.
If you’re looking for a hassle-free remedy, consider buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at home and when you’re out. Then it instinctively adjusts temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? Usually $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.
Another advantage of having a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to monitor and regulate temperature settings from almost anywhere.
While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR recommends 82 degrees, that could be unbearable for the majority of families. Most people sleep better when their bedroom is chilly, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation recommends 60–67 degrees. But that might be too chilly, depending on your pajama and blanket preference.
We suggest following a similar test over a week, moving your thermostat higher and slowly turning it down to determine the ideal temperature for your house. On cool nights, you might discover keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a better option than using the AC.
More Ways to Save Energy During Warm Weather
There are other methods you can spend less money on AC bills throughout hot weather.
- Upgrade to an energy-efficient AC system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they become older. A new air conditioner can keep your residence cooler while keeping AC expenses down.
- Book annual air conditioner maintenance. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your system working like it should and may help it work more efficiently. It may also help prolong its life cycle, since it helps technicians to spot small issues before they cause a major meltdown.
- Switch air filters regularly. Read manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A dirty filter can cause your system to short cycle, or switch on and off too frequently, and raise your electrical.
- Check attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of homes in the United States don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most southern climates should have 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates need 16–18”.
- Have your ductwork inspected. Ductwork that has loosened over time can leak cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in big comfort problems in your residence, like hot and cold spots.
- Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep muggy air where it belongs by sealing holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more cool air within your home.
Conserve More Energy This Summer with Indoor Comfort Systems HVAC
If you are looking to conserve more energy during hot weather, our Indoor Comfort Systems HVAC specialists can provide assistance. Give us a call at 215-741-5505 or contact us online for additional details about our energy-saving cooling products.