You shouldn’t be forced to give up comfort or drain your wallet to keep your residence at the right temp during hot days.

But what is the ideal temperature, exactly? We review advice from energy specialists so you can find the best setting for your house.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most households find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a major difference between your inside and outdoor temps, your AC 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 appears warm, there are methods you can keep your home refreshing without having the air conditioner running constantly.

Keeping windows and curtains down during the day keeps cool air where it should be—indoors. Some window solutions, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to give more insulation and improved energy savings.

If you have ceiling fans in your home, the DOE says you can increase thermostat temps about 4 degrees warmer without giving up comfort. That’s due to the fact they freshen with a windchill effect. Because they cool people, not rooms, turn them off when you leave a room.

If 78 degrees still appears too warm initially, try doing a trial for a week or so. Start by increasing your setting to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, progressively lower it while adhering to the tips above. You could be amazed at how refreshed you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no reason to keep the air conditioning on all day while your residence is empty. Switching the temp 7–10 degrees higher can save you anywhere from 5–15% on your cooling bills, according to the DOE.

When you get home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat under 78 to cool your residence faster. This isn’t effective and typically produces a more expensive air conditioner cost.

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 run the risk of forgetting to increase the set temperature when you leave.

If you’re looking for a convenient fix, think about buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it knows when you’re at home and when you’re away. Then it instinctively adjusts temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? About $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

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

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR recommends 82 degrees, that could be unbearable for most families. The majority of people sleep better when their sleeping space is cold, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation suggests 60–67 degrees. But that could be too chilly, due to your pajama and blanket preference.

We recommend using a comparable test over a week, putting your temp higher and gradually turning it down to find the best setting for your family. On mild nights, you might learn keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a better option than using the AC.

More Methods to Save Energy During Warm Weather

There are additional methods you can spend less money on cooling bills throughout warm weather.

  1. Buy an energy-efficient cooling 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 residence more comfortable while keeping cooling bills small.
  2. Set annual air conditioner maintenance. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit running like it should and might help it operate more efficiently. It may also help extend its life cycle, since it enables professionals to pinpoint little problems before they create a major meltdown.
  3. Put in new air filters often. Use manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A dusty filter can result in your system short cycling, or turn on and off too frequently, and drive up your energy.
  4. Check attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of residences in the United States don’t have adequate insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most southern climates need 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
  5. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has come apart over time can seep cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create huge comfort issues in your house, including hot and cold spots.
  6. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep warm air where it should be by closing openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more conditioned air inside.

Conserve More Energy During Warm Weather with Myers Furnace Company

If you want to use less energy during hot weather, our Myers Furnace Company experts can assist you. Get in touch with us at 816-249-1619 or contact us online for extra information about our energy-saving cooling products.