You shouldn’t need to sacrifice comfort or empty your wallet to keep your home at a refreshing setting during summer weather.
But what is the right temp, exactly? We review advice from energy specialists so you can determine the best temp for your home.
Here’s what we recommend for the most energy-efficient setting for air conditioning in Bossier City.
Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer
Most people find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a major difference between your inside and outside temps, your electricity expenses will be bigger.
This is our advice 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 home refreshing without having the air conditioner going frequently.
Keeping windows and blinds shut during the day keeps cool air where it belongs—inside. Some window solutions, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to provide more insulation and enhanced energy conservation.
If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can move thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees higher without compromising comfort. That’s since they refresh through a windchill effect. As they cool people, not rooms, shut them off when you move from a room.
If 78 degrees still appears too warm initially, try conducting an experiment for approximately a week. Begin by raising your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, gradually decrease it while adhering to the ideas above. You might be amazed at how refreshed you feel at a warmer temperature setting.
While away: 88 degrees. There’s no reason to keep the air conditioner going all day while your house is unoccupied. Turning the setting 7¬¬–10 degrees hotter can save you anywhere from 5–15% on your cooling bills, according to the DOE.
When you arrive home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat under 78 to cool your residence faster. This isn’t useful and usually results in a bigger cooling cost.
A programmable thermostat is a useful approach to keep your temperature controlled, but you have to set programs. If you don’t use programs, you risk forgetting to increase the set temperature when you take off.
If you want a convenient solution, consider installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your residence and when you’re out. Then it intuitively adjusts temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? About $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.
Another advantage of having a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to watch and adjust temperature settings from almost anywhere.
While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR suggests 82 degrees, that may be too uncomfortable for the majority of families. Most people sleep better when their sleeping area is chilled, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation suggests 60–67 degrees. But that might be too chilly, depending on your clothing and blanket preference.
We suggest running a comparable test over a week, putting your temperature higher and steadily lowering it to pick the right temperature for your house. On cool nights, you may discover keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a better idea than running the AC.
More Methods to Save Energy During Hot Weather
There are additional ways you can spend less money on utility bills throughout warm weather.
- Buy an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they age. An updated air conditioner can keep your home comfier while keeping cooling expenses down.
- Book annual air conditioning tune-ups. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit operating smoothly and may help it operate at better efficiency. It might also help prolong its life span, since it enables technicians to uncover seemingly insignificant troubles before they lead to a big meltdown.
- Put in new air filters often. Read manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A dirty filter can cause your system to short cycle, or run too much, and drive up your electricity costs.
- Inspect attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of homes in the United States don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most southern climates should have 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
- Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has loosened over the years can seep cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to huge comfort issues in your home, including hot and cold spots.
- Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep humid air in its place by closing openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more cool air indoors.
Save More Energy During Hot Weather with Central Aire Heating & A/C Inc
If you need to use less energy this summer, our Central Aire Heating & A/C Inc experts can help. Get in touch with us at 318-855-2326 or contact us online for more information about our energy-conserving cooling options.