You shouldn’t have to give up comfort or empty your wallet to keep your residence at a pleasant setting during hot days.

But what is the right setting, exactly? We go over advice from energy professionals so you can determine the best setting for your residence.

Here’s what we recommend for the most energy-efficient setting for air conditioning in Frederick.

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a sizeable difference between your indoor and outdoor temps, your cooling expenses will be larger.

This is our advice based on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and ENERGY STAR®.

While at home: 78 degrees. While that sounds hot, there are methods you can keep your house cool without having the air conditioning on all the time.

Keeping windows and blinds down during the day keeps cold air where it belongs—indoors. Some window solutions, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to provide extra insulation and enhanced energy conservation.

If you have ceiling fans in your home, the DOE says you can raise thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees warmer without sacrificing comfort. That’s due to the fact they freshen by a windchill effect. As they cool people, not rooms, shut them off when you move from a room.

If 78 degrees still seems too warm on the surface, try running a trial for about a week. Get started by upping your setting to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, gradually decrease it while adhering to the tips above. You could be astonished at how comfortable you feel at a hotter temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the AC going all day while your residence is vacant. Switching the setting 7–10 degrees hotter can save you an estimated 5–15% on your air conditioning costs, according to the DOE.

When you come home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your house faster. This isn’t effective and often produces a bigger cooling bill.

A programmable thermostat is a good approach to keep your temperature under control, but you have to set programs. If you don’t use programs, you might forget to raise the set temperature when you leave.

If you want a convenient fix, consider getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at home and when you’re gone. Then it instinctively changes temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? An estimated $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another benefit of using a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to watch and change temperature settings from just about anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR suggests 82 degrees, that may be too uncomfortable for the majority of families. Many people sleep better when their sleeping space is chilly, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation suggests 60–67 degrees. But that may be too cold, due to your PJ and blanket preference.

We advise using an equivalent test over a week, putting your temperature higher and steadily turning it down to locate the best setting for your family. On cool nights, you might find keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a preferable solution than using the air conditioner.

More Approaches to Conserve Energy This Summer

There are other approaches you can conserve money on air conditioning bills throughout hot weather.

  1. Install an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they get older. An updated air conditioner can keep your home cooler while keeping electrical expenses down.
  2. Schedule yearly air conditioner service. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit running smoothly and might help it operate at greater efficiency. It may also help extend its life cycle, since it allows professionals to uncover seemingly insignificant problems before they lead to a major meltdown.
  3. Switch air filters frequently. Follow manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A dirty filter can lead to your system short cycling, or run too frequently, and raise your cooling.
  4. Inspect attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of homes in the United States don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. The majority of southern climates should have 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
  5. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has loosened over time can let cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to big comfort troubles in your home, such as hot and cold spots.
  6. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep humid air where it belongs by sealing openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more cold air inside.

Conserve More Energy This Summer with May's Heating & Air

If you are looking to save more energy this summer, our May's Heating & Air specialists can assist you. Get in touch with us at 301-690-0397 or contact us online for additional info about our energy-saving cooling options.