You shouldn’t be forced to sacrifice comfort or empty your wallet to keep your residence at a refreshing temperature during the summer.
But what is the right temp, exactly? We go over recommendations from energy experts so you can choose the best setting for your loved ones.
Here’s what we suggest for the most energy-efficient setting for air conditioning in Yukon.
Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer
Most families find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a big difference between your inside and outside temperatures, your electrical bills will be greater.
These are our suggestions based on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and ENERGY STAR®.
While at home: 78 degrees. While that appears hot, there are ways you can keep your residence cool without having the AC running frequently.
Keeping windows and curtains down during the day keeps cold air where it should be—inside. Some window coverings, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to deliver more insulation and better energy conservation.
If you have ceiling fans in your home, the DOE says you can move thermostat temps about 4 degrees hotter without compromising comfort. That’s since they cool through a windchill effect. As they cool people, not rooms, turn them off when you leave a room.
If 78 degrees still appears too uncomfortable initially, try running a trial for a week or so. Get started by increasing your setting to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, gradually lower it while adhering to the suggestions above. You may be amazed at how cool you feel at a warmer temperature setting.
While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the AC running all day while your house is vacant. Moving the setting 7–10 degrees higher can save you as much as 5–15% on your electricity bills, according to the DOE.
When you get home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat below 78 to cool your home more rapidly. This isn’t effective and often produces a bigger AC bill.
A programmable thermostat is a helpful approach to keep your temperature controlled, but it requires setting programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you might forget to move the set temperature when you take off.
If you want a hassle-free solution, think about installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at your house and when you’re gone. Then it intuitively adjusts temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? An estimated $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.
Another perk of installing a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to monitor and adjust temperature settings from nearly anywhere.
While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR suggests 82 degrees, that might be unbearable for many families. Most people sleep better when their sleeping area is cold, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation advises 60–67 degrees. But that might be too cool, depending on your pajama and blanket preference.
We advise following a similar test over a week, setting your temperature higher and progressively lowering it to find the right temperature for your residence. On pleasant nights, you could find keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a better solution than operating the air conditioning.
More Methods to Use Less Energy During Hot Weather
There are additional methods you can save money on air conditioning bills throughout the summer.
- 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. A new air conditioner can keep your residence comfier while keeping energy expenses small.
- Set regular air conditioner tune-ups. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit running like it should and could help it operate at greater efficiency. It can also help lengthen its life span, since it helps technicians to pinpoint seemingly insignificant problems before they lead to a major meltdown.
- Switch air filters frequently. Follow manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A dusty filter can lead to your system short cycling, or run too much, and increase your cooling.
- Measure attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of houses in the U.S. don’t have adequate insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates need 16–18”.
- Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has separated over time can let cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to big comfort troubles in your house, like hot and cold spots.
- Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep hot air where it should be by closing cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more conditioned air indoors.
Save More Energy During Warm Weather with Comfort Concepts Heating & Air Conditioning
If you are looking to save more energy this summer, our Comfort Concepts Heating & Air Conditioning specialists can help. Get in touch with us at 405-494-7444 or contact us online for more info about our energy-saving cooling options.