You shouldn’t have to compromise on comfort or empty your wallet to keep your residence at the right temp during summer weather.

But what is the best setting, exactly? We go over recommendations from energy professionals so you can select the best temp for your residence.

Here’s what we suggest for the most energy-efficient setting for air conditioning in Northglenn.

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a big difference between your inside and outside warmth, your electrical 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 seems warm, there are approaches you can keep your house refreshing without having the air conditioner running constantly.

Keeping windows and window treatments shut during the day keeps chilled air where it should be—within your home. Some window treatments, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to offer extra insulation and better energy efficiency.

If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can raise thermostat settings about 4 degrees hotter without sacrificing comfort. That’s since they freshen through a windchill effect. Because they cool people, not spaces, turn them off when you leave a room.

If 78 degrees still appears too uncomfortable on the surface, try conducting an experiment for a week or so. Start by increasing your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, gradually lower it while adhering to the ideas above. You could be surprised at how refreshed you feel at a warmer temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the air conditioning on all day while your residence is vacant. Moving the setting 7–10 degrees higher can save you an estimated 5–15% on your air conditioning bills, according to the DOE.

When you get home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat below 78 to cool your residence more rapidly. This isn’t effective and typically results in a more expensive electricity expense.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful approach to keep your temp under control, but you have to set programs. If you don’t use programs, you risk forgetting to move the set temperature when you take off.

If you need a handy resolution, consider getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your house and when you’re out. Then it intuitively changes temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? Usually $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another plus of getting a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to monitor and adjust temperature settings from just about anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR advises 82 degrees, that could be unbearable for most families. Most people sleep better when their sleeping space is cold, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation recommends 60–67 degrees. But that may be too chilly, depending on your clothing and blanket preference.

We advise trying a similar test over a week, putting your thermostat higher and progressively turning it down to choose the ideal setting for your residence. On pleasant nights, you might find keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a superior idea than running the AC.

More Methods to Conserve Energy During Hot Weather

There are other ways you can spend less money on air conditioning bills throughout warm weather.

  1. Buy an energy-efficient AC system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they get older. An updated air conditioner can keep your residence cooler while keeping electricity bills down.
  2. Schedule yearly air conditioner tune-ups. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment operating smoothly and may help it run at greater efficiency. It could also help prolong its life span, since it helps technicians to uncover little issues before they create a major meltdown.
  3. Replace air filters often. Use manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A dusty filter can lead to your system short cycling, or switch on and off too often, and raise your energy.
  4. Inspect attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of homes in the U.S. don’t have enough insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
  5. Have your ductwork examined. Ductwork that has loosened over time can let cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in major comfort issues in your residence, including hot and cold spots.
  6. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep hot air in its place by sealing openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more cold air indoors.

Use Less Energy During Warm Weather with Northglenn Heating & Air Conditioning

If you need to save more energy during warm weather, our Northglenn Heating & Air Conditioning professionals can assist you. Get in touch with us at 303-452-4146 or contact us online for additional info about our energy-saving cooling options.