You shouldn’t have to sacrifice comfort or spend a lot to keep your residence at a pleasant temperature during summer weather.
But what is the right temperature, exactly? We go over advice from energy pros so you can find the best temp for your family.
Here’s what we suggest for the most energy-efficient setting for air conditioning in Central Point.
Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer
Most people find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a major difference between your indoor and outside temperatures, your electricity expenses will be higher.
This is our advice based on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and ENERGY STAR®.
While at home: 78 degrees. While that appears too high, there are approaches you can keep your home pleasant without having the air conditioning going constantly.
Keeping windows and window treatments closed during the day keeps chilled air where it belongs—within your home. Some window solutions, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to deliver extra insulation and improved energy savings.
If you have ceiling fans in your home, the DOE says you can increase thermostat temps about 4 degrees hotter without giving up comfort. That’s since they refresh through a windchill effect. As they cool people, not areas, turn them off when you leave a room.
If 78 degrees still feels too warm on the surface, try conducting a trial for a week or so. Start by raising your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, progressively lower it while following the tips above. You may be surprised at how cool you feel at a warmer temperature setting.
While away: 88 degrees. There’s no reason to keep the air conditioner on all day while your house is vacant. Turning the temp 7–10 degrees hotter can save you an estimated 5–15% on your cooling bills, according to the DOE.
When you get home, don’t be tempted to set your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your home more rapidly. This isn’t productive and typically produces a bigger electrical expense.
A programmable thermostat is a helpful way to keep your temp under control, but you have to set programs. If you don’t use programs, you risk forgetting to change the set temperature when you leave.
If you’re looking for a handy resolution, consider buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at your residence and when you’re out. Then it intuitively adjusts temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? Usually $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.
Another perk of using a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to watch and adjust temperature settings from nearly anywhere.
While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR suggests 82 degrees, that may be unpleasant for the majority of 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 might be too cold, due to your pajama and blanket preference.
We advise trying an equivalent test over a week, setting your thermostat higher and steadily turning it down to determine the ideal temp for your residence. On pleasant nights, you may learn keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a preferable idea than operating the air conditioner.
More Ways to Save Energy During Warm Weather
There are added methods you can save money on cooling bills throughout hot weather.
- Upgrade to an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they age. An updated air conditioner can keep your house cooler while keeping energy bills small.
- Set regular air conditioner service. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your system working smoothly and might help it operate at greater efficiency. It could also help lengthen its life expectancy, since it allows professionals to find little problems before they lead to a major meltdown.
- Switch air filters often. Use manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A clogged filter can lead to your system short cycling, or run too often, and raise your electrical.
- Measure attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of residences in the U.S. don’t have adequate insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates need 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates need 16–18”.
- Have your ductwork inspected. Ductwork that has separated over time can let cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create huge comfort issues in your house, including hot and cold spots.
- Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep muggy air where it should be by plugging openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more cold air within your home.
Use Less Energy This Summer with Titan Heating & Air Conditioning
If you want to use less energy this summer, our Titan Heating & Air Conditioning experts can provide assistance. Reach us at 541-286-6617 or contact us online for extra info about our energy-saving cooling solutions.