You shouldn’t need to sacrifice comfort or spend a lot to keep your home at a pleasant temp during warm days.

But what is the best temperature, exactly? We discuss suggestions from energy experts so you can select the best temperature for your residence.

Here’s what we suggest for the most energy-efficient setting for air conditioning in Crown Point.

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most households find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a big difference between your indoor and outside warmth, your electricity expenses will be greater.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that appears hot, there are methods you can keep your residence refreshing without having the AC going constantly.

Keeping windows and window treatments shut during the day keeps cold air where it needs to be—within your home. Some window treatments, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to offer extra insulation and improved energy conservation.

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can move thermostat settings about 4 degrees hotter without sacrificing comfort. That’s because they cool with a windchill effect. As they cool people, not areas, turn them off when you move from a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too uncomfortable on the surface, try conducting a trial for a week or so. Begin by raising your setting to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, steadily decrease it while using the tips above. You may be shocked at how refreshed you feel at a warmer temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no reason to keep the AC working all day while your residence is empty. Moving the temp 7–10 degrees hotter can save you anywhere from 5–15% on your cooling costs, according to the DOE.

When you get home, don’t be tempted to set your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your house faster. This isn’t effective and usually produces a bigger cooling expense.

A programmable thermostat is a good method to keep your temperature in check, but you have 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 convenient fix, think over installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at your house and when you’re out. Then it instinctively changes temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? Typically $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another perk of getting 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 suggests 82 degrees, that may be unpleasant for many families. The majority of people sleep better when their sleeping area is chilly, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation suggests 60–67 degrees. But that may be too cold, depending on your pajama and blanket preference.

We advise following a similar test over a week, moving your temp higher and progressively decreasing it to choose the right temperature for your house. On mild nights, you might find keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a superior solution than operating the air conditioning.

More Methods to Use Less Energy This Summer

There are additional approaches you can conserve money on energy bills throughout warm weather.

  1. Get an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they age. An updated air conditioner can keep your residence more comfortable while keeping electrical expenses small.
  2. Schedule regular air conditioner maintenance. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit operating like it should and might help it run more efficiently. It can also help lengthen its life cycle, since it helps techs to uncover little troubles before they lead to a major meltdown.
  3. Replace air filters regularly. Use manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A dirty filter can cause your system to short cycle, or turn on and off too much, and increase your energy.
  4. Check attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of houses in the U.S. don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
  5. Have your ductwork inspected. Ductwork that has loosened over time can seep conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to major comfort issues in your residence, such as hot and cold spots.
  6. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep humid air where it belongs by sealing openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more cool air within your home.

Conserve More Energy During Warm Weather with Struven Heating & Cooling

If you want to conserve more energy during warm weather, our Struven Heating & Cooling professionals can provide assistance. Reach us at 219-292-0956 or contact us online for more information about our energy-saving cooling options.