You shouldn’t be forced to compromise on comfort or drain your wallet to keep your house at the right temperature during summer weather.
But what is the ideal temperature, exactly? We go over suggestions from energy experts so you can find the best temperature for your loved ones.
Here’s what we recommend for the most energy-efficient setting for air conditioning in Chelan and Wenatchee.
Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer
Most people find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a sizeable difference between your interior and outside warmth, your electrical expenses will be bigger.
These are our suggestions 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 residence cool without having the air conditioning on all the time.
Keeping windows and curtains down during the day keeps chilled air where it should be—indoors. Some window coverings, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to give extra insulation and better energy savings.
If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can increase thermostat temps about 4 degrees hotter without compromising comfort. That’s because they cool by a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not spaces, turn them off when you leave a room.
If 78 degrees still seems too uncomfortable at first glance, try conducting a test for approximately a week. Begin by raising your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, steadily lower it while using the advice above. You might be amazed at how refreshed you feel at a warmer temperature setting.
While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the AC working all day while your house is vacant. Switching the setting 7–10 degrees higher can save you anywhere from 5–15% on your electricity expenses, according to the DOE.
When you arrive home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat below 78 to cool your residence more rapidly. This isn’t productive and typically produces a more expensive AC cost.
A programmable thermostat is a helpful way to keep your settings controlled, but you have to set programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you might forget to increase the set temperature when you leave.
If you want a handy resolution, think over getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at your house and when you’re gone. Then it instinctively adjusts temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? An estimated $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.
Another perk of installing a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to monitor and change temperature settings from nearly anywhere.
While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR recommends 82 degrees, that could be too uncomfortable for most families. Most people sleep better when their sleeping space is chilly, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation advises 60–67 degrees. But that may be too chilly, depending on your pajama and blanket preference.
We advise following a comparable test over a week, moving your temperature higher and progressively lowering it to choose the best temp for your residence. On cool nights, you might find keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a preferable solution than using the AC.
More Approaches to Use Less Energy During Warm Weather
There are additional approaches you can conserve money on cooling bills throughout hot weather.
- Get an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they become older. An updated air conditioner can keep your house more comfortable while keeping utility expenses low.
- Book annual air conditioner service. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit running properly and could help it run more efficiently. It might also help extend its life expectancy, since it helps professionals to uncover small problems before they lead to a major meltdown.
- Change air filters often. Use manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A dirty filter can lead to your system short cycling, or run too much, and increase your utility.
- Measure attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of residences in the U.S. don’t have adequate insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. The majority of southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
- Have your ductwork inspected. Ductwork that has loosened over time can seep cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create major comfort issues in your home, such as hot and cold spots.
- Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep humid air where it belongs by closing holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more cool air inside.
Save More Energy This Summer with Lakeside Heating & Air
If you are looking to save more energy this summer, our Lakeside Heating & Air professionals can help. Reach us at 509-284-4265 or contact us online for more info about our energy-saving cooling options.