You shouldn’t be forced to sacrifice comfort or empty your wallet to keep your home at the right temperature during muggy weather.
But what is the right temperature, exactly? We discuss advice from energy specialists so you can select the best setting for your loved ones.
Here’s what we advise for the most energy-efficient setting for air conditioning in Lafayette.
Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer
Most households find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a huge difference between your indoor and exterior warmth, your electricity expenses 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 sounds hot, there are ways you can keep your home cool without having the air conditioning running frequently.
Keeping windows and curtains closed during the day keeps chilled air where it belongs—indoors. Some window coverings, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to offer more insulation and enhanced energy savings.
If you have ceiling fans in your home, the DOE says you can increase thermostat settings about 4 degrees hotter without compromising comfort. That’s because they refresh with a windchill effect. Because they cool people, not spaces, shut them off when you leave a room.
If 78 degrees still appears too hot at first glance, try doing a test for a week or so. Begin by raising your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, steadily lower it while using the suggestions above. You may be shocked at how refreshed you feel at a hotter temperature setting.
While away: 88 degrees. There’s no reason to keep the AC running all day while your home is empty. Moving the temperature 7–10 degrees warmer can save you as much as 5–15% on your AC costs, according to the DOE.
When you come home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your home more quickly. This isn’t effective and often results in a bigger electricity cost.
A programmable thermostat is a good approach to keep your temp controlled, but you have to set programs. If you don’t use programs, you run the risk of forgetting to change the set temperature when you leave.
If you want a handy remedy, consider getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at your residence and when you’re gone. Then it automatically modifies temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? Usually $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.
Another perk of getting a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to monitor and regulate temperature settings from just about anywhere.
While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR advises 82 degrees, that might be unbearable for most families. Many people sleep better when their sleeping space is chilled, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation advises 60–67 degrees. But that may be too cool, based on your PJ and blanket preference.
We suggest using an equivalent test over a week, moving your temp higher and slowly lowering it to find the right temperature for your residence. On pleasant nights, you might discover keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a preferable solution than using the AC.
More Approaches to Save Energy During Warm Weather
There are other methods you can conserve money on air conditioning bills throughout hot weather.
- Get an energy-efficient AC system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they get older. A new air conditioner can keep your residence more comfortable while keeping AC expenses small.
- Set regular air conditioner service. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your system running like it should and may help it work more efficiently. It might also help extend its life span, since it helps pros to discover seemingly insignificant issues before they cause a major meltdown.
- Change air filters regularly. Read manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A dusty filter can cause your system to short cycle, or switch on and off too often, and drive up your cooling.
- Measure attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of residences in the United States don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. The majority of southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
- Have your ductwork inspected. Ductwork that has loosened over time can leak cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in major comfort troubles in your residence, including hot and cold spots.
- Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep hot air where it should be by sealing holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more cool air indoors.
Conserve More Energy This Summer with AC Sales
If you need to use less energy this summer, our AC Sales experts can provide assistance. Reach us at (337) 234-2345 or contact us online for more information about our energy-saving cooling options.