You shouldn’t need to give up comfort or spend a lot to keep your home at a pleasant temp during the summer.

But what is the best temperature, exactly? We go over recommendations from energy professionals so you can determine the best temp for your family.

Here’s what we advise for the most energy-efficient setting for air conditioning in Cottonwood & Prescott.

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a huge difference between your indoor and outdoor temps, your utility expenses will be larger.

These are our recommendations based on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and ENERGY STAR®.

While at home: 78 degrees. While that seems warm, there are ways you can keep your residence pleasant without having the AC going constantly.

Keeping windows and blinds closed during the day keeps chilled air where it needs to be—inside. Some window solutions, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to provide more insulation and better energy conservation.

If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can raise thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees warmer without giving up comfort. That’s due to the fact they refresh with a windchill effect. As they cool people, not rooms, shut them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still appears too uncomfortable at first glance, try running an experiment for a week or so. Begin by upping your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, steadily turn it down while using the suggestions above. You could be surprised at how refreshed you feel at a warmer temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the AC on all day while your residence is unoccupied. Turning the temperature 7–10 degrees higher can save you as much as 5–15% on your electrical bills, according to the DOE.

When you get home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your residence more quickly. This isn’t effective and typically leads to a bigger AC cost.

A programmable thermostat is a useful way to keep your temperature controlled, but you need to set programs. If you don’t set programs, you run the risk of forgetting to increase the set temperature when you leave.

If you want a hassle-free fix, consider buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your residence and when you’re out. Then it instinctively changes temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? Usually $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

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

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR suggests 82 degrees, that may be too uncomfortable for the majority of families. Most people sleep better when their sleeping area is chilly, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation suggests 60–67 degrees. But that might be too chilly, based on your pajama and blanket preference.

We recommend trying a similar test over a week, moving your temperature higher and gradually lowering it to locate the ideal temp for your house. On cool nights, you may learn keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a better idea than using the air conditioner.

More Approaches to Save Energy During Hot Weather

There are other ways you can conserve money on cooling bills throughout the summer.

  1. Upgrade to an energy-efficient AC system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they become older. An updated air conditioner can keep your residence comfier while keeping AC expenses down.
  2. Book regular air conditioner service. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment operating like it should and might help it operate at better efficiency. It might also help prolong its life expectancy, since it allows professionals to spot little issues before they create a major meltdown.
  3. Change air filters regularly. Use manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A dusty filter can lead to your system short cycling, or switch on and off too frequently, and drive up your cooling.
  4. Inspect attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of homes in the United States don’t have adequate insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most southern climates need 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates need 16–18”.
  5. Have your ductwork inspected. Ductwork that has come apart over time can seep cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to major comfort issues in your house, like hot and cold spots.
  6. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep hot air where it belongs by plugging openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more conditioned air within your home.

Save More Energy During Hot Weather with Connolly Electric & Mechanical

If you want to conserve more energy this summer, our Connolly Electric & Mechanical experts can provide assistance. Give us a call at 928-251-4327 or contact us online for additional information about our energy-saving cooling solutions.