You shouldn’t have to give up comfort or spend a lot to keep your residence at a pleasant temperature during muggy weather.
But what is the ideal temperature, exactly? We go over suggestions from energy pros so you can choose the best temperature for your loved ones.
Here’s what we suggest for the most energy-efficient setting for air conditioning in Frederick.
Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer
Most people find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a sizeable difference between your indoor and outdoor warmth, your cooling bills 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 too high, there are methods you can keep your residence refreshing without having the air conditioning on all the time.
Keeping windows and curtains closed during the day keeps chilled air where it belongs—inside. Some window coverings, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to provide added insulation and enhanced energy savings.
If you have ceiling fans in your home, the DOE says you can raise thermostat settings about 4 degrees hotter without sacrificing comfort. That’s since they cool through a windchill effect. Because they cool people, not areas, turn them off when you exit a room.
If 78 degrees still feels too hot initially, try conducting a trial for a week or so. Begin by raising your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, progressively lower it while following the suggestions above. You could be shocked at how cool you feel at a warmer temperature setting.
While away: 88 degrees. There’s no reason to keep the AC working all day while your home is empty. Turning the setting 7–10 degrees warmer can save you an estimated 5–15% on your electricity costs, according to the DOE.
When you come home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your home more quickly. This isn’t useful and often leads to a bigger AC cost.
A programmable thermostat is a useful method to keep your settings in check, but you need to set programs. If you don’t use programs, you might forget to move the set temperature when you leave.
If you’re looking for a convenient fix, consider getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at home and when you’re away. Then it intuitively changes temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? Typically $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.
Another benefit of installing a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to keep an eye on and regulate temperature settings from almost anywhere.
While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR suggests 82 degrees, that might be too uncomfortable for most 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 could be too chilly, based on your pajama and blanket preference.
We advise using a similar test over a week, putting your temp higher and steadily turning it down to find the best setting for your residence. On pleasant nights, you might discover keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a preferable solution than operating the air conditioning.
More Ways to Use Less Energy During Warm Weather
There are added approaches you can save money on energy bills throughout hot weather.
- Get an energy-efficient AC system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they get older. An updated air conditioner can keep your home more comfortable while keeping utility expenses low.
- Schedule regular air conditioner service. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment working smoothly and may help it operate more efficiently. It might also help lengthen its life expectancy, since it enables techs to find seemingly insignificant issues before they cause a major meltdown.
- Change air filters frequently. Follow manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A dusty filter can lead to your system short cycling, or run too frequently, and increase your energy.
- Measure attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of residences in the United States don’t have adequate insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates need 16–18”.
- Have your ductwork examined. Ductwork that has loosened over time can let cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create big comfort troubles in your home, like hot and cold spots.
- Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep humid air in its place by plugging holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more conditioned air indoors.
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