You shouldn’t need to compromise on comfort or drain your wallet to keep your home at the right temperature during the summer.
But what is the best temperature, exactly? We review ideas from energy pros so you can choose the best temp for your family.
Here’s what we advise for the most energy-efficient setting for air conditioning in Bend.
Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer
Most people find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a major difference between your indoor and outside temperatures, your cooling bills will be greater.
These are our recommendations based on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and ENERGY STAR®.
While at home: 78 degrees. While that appears warm, there are methods you can keep your residence cool without having the air conditioning on all the time.
Keeping windows and blinds shut during the day keeps chilled air where it needs to be—within your home. Some window coverings, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to deliver more insulation and improved energy efficiency.
If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can move thermostat temps about 4 degrees hotter without compromising comfort. That’s since they freshen by a windchill effect. Because they cool people, not rooms, shut them off when you move from a room.
If 78 degrees still appears too warm at first glance, try conducting a trial for about a week. Begin by raising your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, gradually decrease it while using the ideas above. You might be astonished at how cool you feel at a warmer temperature setting.
While away: 88 degrees. There’s no reason to keep the air conditioner working all day while your residence is unoccupied. Switching the setting 7¬¬–10 degrees hotter can save you anywhere from 5–15% on your electrical expenses, according to the DOE.
When you arrive home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat below 78 to cool your house more rapidly. This isn’t productive and often leads to a higher cooling cost.
A programmable thermostat is a good approach to keep your settings in check, but it requires setting programs. If you don’t set programs, you run the risk of forgetting to increase the set temperature when you take off.
If you want a convenient solution, think about buying 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 automatically modifies temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? An estimated $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.
Another advantage of having a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to keep an eye on and adjust temperature settings from nearly anywhere.
While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR suggests 82 degrees, that may be unbearable for many families. Many people sleep better when their bedroom is cold, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation suggests 60–67 degrees. But that might be too cool, due to your clothing and blanket preference.
We recommend trying a similar test over a week, moving your temperature higher and steadily turning it down to pick the best setting for your house. On mild nights, you might learn keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a superior idea than operating the air conditioner.
More Methods to Use Less Energy During Warm Weather
There are other methods you can spend less money on energy bills throughout hot weather.
- Install an energy-efficient AC system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they age. A new air conditioner can keep your home more comfortable while keeping electricity expenses small.
- Book yearly air conditioning maintenance. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment working properly and may help it work at better efficiency. It might also help prolong its life expectancy, since it helps professionals to discover small issues before they lead to a big meltdown.
- Put in new air filters regularly. Read manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A dusty filter can cause your system to short cycle, or turn on and off too often, and drive up your electrical bills.
- Inspect attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of homes in the United States don’t have enough insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most southern climates should have 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
- Have your ductwork examined. Ductwork that has come apart as it’s aged can let cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create huge comfort problems in your house, such as hot and cold spots.
- Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep humid air where it should be by plugging openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more conditioned air indoors.
Use Less Energy During Hot Weather with Tri County Climate Control LLC
If you need to conserve more energy during warm weather, our Tri County Climate Control LLC pros can provide assistance. Give us a call at 541-238-2797 or contact us online for extra information about our energy-efficient cooling solutions.