You shouldn’t have to compromise on comfort or drain your wallet to keep your home at a refreshing temp during summer weather.
But what is the ideal temp, exactly? We go over advice from energy pros so you can find the best temp for your loved ones.
Here’s what we suggest for the most energy-efficient setting for air conditioning in Cambridge.
Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer
Most households find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a huge difference between your inside and outdoor 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 appears warm, there are methods you can keep your house pleasant without having the air conditioning on constantly.
Keeping windows and blinds closed during the day keeps chilled air where it belongs—indoors. Some window solutions, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to provide added insulation and enhanced energy savings.
If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can increase thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees hotter without sacrificing comfort. That’s since they freshen with a windchill effect. Because they cool people, not areas, turn them off when you exit a room.
If 78 degrees still seems too uncomfortable at first glance, try conducting a test for about a week. Start by increasing your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, steadily turn it down while following the advice above. You could be shocked at how refreshed you feel at a hotter temperature setting.
While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the air conditioner on all day while your home is vacant. Turning the temperature 7–10 degrees warmer can save you anywhere from 5–15% on your AC expenses, according to the DOE.
When you come home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat below 78 to cool your home more rapidly. This isn’t effective and usually results in a higher AC cost.
A programmable thermostat is a good approach to keep your settings controlled, but it requires setting programs. If you don’t use programs, you might forget to change the set temperature when you take off.
If you’re looking for a handy solution, think over installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at home and when you’re gone. Then it intuitively adjusts temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? Typically $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.
Another benefit of installing a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to watch and regulate temperature settings from almost anywhere.
While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR recommends 82 degrees, that might be unpleasant for most families. Many people sleep better when their sleeping space is chilly, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation suggests 60–67 degrees. But that might be too cool, due to your PJ and blanket preference.
We recommend using a comparable test over a week, putting your temp higher and gradually lowering it to determine the right temperature for your residence. On pleasant nights, you may find keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a preferable idea than using the AC.
More Methods to Conserve Energy This Summer
There are added ways you can spend less money on cooling bills throughout hot weather.
- Upgrade to an energy-efficient AC system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they get older. An updated air conditioner can keep your house comfier while keeping electrical bills down.
- Book regular air conditioner service. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit operating properly and might help it work more efficiently. It may also help lengthen its life cycle, since it allows pros to discover little issues before they lead to a major meltdown.
- Switch air filters often. Read manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A clogged filter can lead to your system short cycling, or run too often, and raise your energy.
- Measure attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of houses in the U.S. don’t have adequate insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates should have 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
- Have your ductwork examined. Ductwork that has come apart over time can let cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to big comfort issues in your house, such as hot and cold spots.
- Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep humid air in its place by sealing openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more cold air within your home.
Conserve More Energy This Summer with Pliescott HVAC Services LLC
If you are looking to save more energy during warm weather, our Pliescott HVAC Services LLC professionals can assist you. Reach us at 410-228-4822 or contact us online for more details about our energy-saving cooling options.