You shouldn’t be forced to give up comfort or spend a lot to keep your home at a refreshing temp during warm days.
But what is the best temp, exactly? We go over advice from energy experts so you can choose the best temp for your loved ones.
Here’s what we suggest for the most energy-efficient setting for air conditioning in Northridge.
Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer
Most households find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a huge difference between your indoor and exterior warmth, your electricity costs will be higher.
These are our suggestions 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 home refreshing without having the air conditioning running all the time.
Keeping windows and window treatments closed during the day keeps cool air where it needs to be—inside. Some window solutions, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to give more insulation and better energy efficiency.
If you have ceiling fans in your home, the DOE says you can move thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees hotter without compromising comfort. That’s due to the fact they cool through a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not areas, turn them off when you exit a room.
If 78 degrees still appears too hot on the surface, try running an experiment for about a week. Get started by increasing your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, gradually decrease it while using the ideas above. You may be surprised at how comfortable you feel at a warmer temperature setting.
While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the air conditioner on all day while your home is vacant. Turning the temperature 7–10 degrees warmer can save you an estimated 5–15% on your AC bills, according to the DOE.
When you come home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat under 78 to cool your house more rapidly. This isn’t useful and often produces a higher cooling bill.
A programmable thermostat is a helpful way to keep your temperature under control, but you need to set programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you run the risk of forgetting to increase the set temperature when you leave.
If you’re looking for a hassle-free resolution, think about buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your house and when you’re gone. Then it instinctively modifies temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? Typically $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.
Another plus of using a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to monitor and change temperature settings from almost anywhere.
While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR suggests 82 degrees, that could be unpleasant for most families. The majority of people sleep better when their sleeping space is chilly, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation suggests 60–67 degrees. But that could be too cold, depending on your clothing and blanket preference.
We recommend using an equivalent test over a week, putting your thermostat higher and progressively decreasing it to pick the best temperature for your house. On cool nights, you could learn keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a preferable solution than running the air conditioning.
More Ways to Use Less Energy During Warm Weather
There are other methods you can spend less money on utility bills throughout hot weather.
- Buy an energy-efficient AC system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they age. A new air conditioner can keep your home more comfortable while keeping AC costs down.
- Schedule yearly air conditioner service. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit running properly and could help it work at greater efficiency. It may also help lengthen its life cycle, since it helps professionals to discover small problems before they lead to a major meltdown.
- Replace air filters frequently. Follow manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A dusty filter can result in your system short cycling, or run too much, and increase your electricity.
- Inspect attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of residences in the United States don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates should have 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
- Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has come apart over time can let cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in major comfort troubles in your house, including hot and cold spots.
- Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep humid air where it should be by closing openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more cold air inside.
Use Less Energy This Summer with Enertek Air Conditioning & Heating
If you want to conserve more energy this summer, our Enertek Air Conditioning & Heating specialists can provide assistance. Give us a call at (818) 727-9993 or contact us online for extra information about our energy-saving cooling products.