You shouldn’t have to sacrifice comfort or drain your wallet to keep your home at the right setting during summer weather.
But what is the right temperature, exactly? We review ideas from energy professionals 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 Middle Georgia.
Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer
Most families find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a big difference between your inside and exterior temperatures, your cooling bills will be bigger.
This is our advice based on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and ENERGY STAR®.
While at home: 78 degrees. While that seems hot, there are ways you can keep your residence pleasant without having the air conditioning going all the time.
Keeping windows and window treatments shut during the day keeps cool air where it needs to be—indoors. Some window coverings, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to give added insulation and better energy savings.
If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can move thermostat settings about 4 degrees higher without compromising comfort. That’s due to the fact they freshen through a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not rooms, turn them off when you leave a room.
If 78 degrees still feels too uncomfortable initially, try conducting an experiment for about a week. Get started by raising your setting to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, progressively turn it down while using the ideas above. You may be surprised at how refreshed you feel at a hotter temperature setting.
While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the air conditioner going all day while your house is vacant. Switching the temp 7¬¬–10 degrees hotter can save you anywhere from 5–15% on your electrical bills, according to the DOE.
When you come home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat under 78 to cool your residence more rapidly. This isn’t useful and often results in a bigger electrical bills.
A programmable thermostat is a good approach to keep your temp controlled, but you need to set programs. If you don’t set programs, you might forget to move the set temperature when you leave.
If you need a hassle-free remedy, think about buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your house and when you’re away. Then it intuitively changes temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? Typically $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.
Another plus of getting a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to keep an eye on and regulate temperature settings from nearly anywhere.
While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR suggests 82 degrees, that may be too uncomfortable for most families. Many people sleep better when their sleeping area is chilled, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation suggests 60–67 degrees. But that might be too chilly, depending on your PJ and blanket preference.
We suggest using a similar test over a week, setting your temp higher and slowly decreasing it to locate the ideal temp for your house. On cool nights, you could discover keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a better option than operating the air conditioner.
More Approaches to Use Less Energy This Summer
There are added methods you can spend less money on AC bills throughout hot weather.
- Buy an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they age. An updated air conditioner can keep your residence cooler while keeping utility costs down.
- Schedule regular AC service. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment running properly and might help it run at greater efficiency. It can also help prolong its life cycle, since it helps professionals to discover seemingly insignificant problems before they create a major meltdown.
- Put in new air filters frequently. Follow manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A dusty filter can result in your system short cycling, or run too much, and drive up your energy expenses.
- Measure attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of residences in the USA don’t have adequate 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 the years can let conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in major comfort troubles in your home, including hot and cold spots.
- Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep hot air where it belongs by closing openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more cold air inside.
Conserve More Energy During Hot Weather with Air Concepts of Middle Georgia
If you need to use less energy during warm weather, our Air Concepts of Middle Georgia pros can help. Get in touch with us at 478-200-5689 or contact us online for additional info about our energy-conserving cooling products.