You shouldn’t be forced to compromise on comfort or drain your wallet to keep your house at a refreshing setting during muggy weather.

But what is the ideal temperature, exactly? We go over advice from energy specialists so you can determine the best setting for your loved ones.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most households find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a sizeable difference between your inside and outside temps, your electrical costs will be higher.

These are our recommendations based on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and ENERGY STAR®.

While at home: 78 degrees. While that appears hot, there are methods you can keep your house refreshing without having the air conditioning on all the time.

Keeping windows and curtains closed during the day keeps cool air where it needs to be—inside. Some window treatments, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to provide extra insulation and better energy conservation.

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can increase thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees hotter without giving up comfort. That’s because they cool with a windchill effect. As they cool people, not areas, switch them off when you leave a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too hot on the surface, try running an experiment for a week or so. Get started by increasing your setting to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, steadily decrease it while adhering to the ideas above. You might be surprised at how cool you feel at a warmer temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the AC on all day while your home is empty. Switching the temp 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 residence more quickly. This isn’t effective and often produces a bigger cooling bill.

A programmable thermostat is a useful approach to keep your temperature controlled, but it requires setting programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you might forget to raise the set temperature when you take off.

If you’re looking for a handy solution, think about buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your residence and when you’re gone. Then it automatically adjusts temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? About $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another perk of having 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 advises 82 degrees, that could be unpleasant for many families. Many people sleep better when their sleeping space is chilly, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation suggests 60–67 degrees. But that could be too cool, depending on your pajama and blanket preference.

We advise running a comparable test over a week, setting your thermostat higher and progressively lowering it to select the right temp for your house. On cool nights, you might learn keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a preferable option than operating the AC.

More Methods to Save Energy During Warm Weather

There are added ways you can spend less money on AC bills throughout hot weather.

  1. Buy an energy-efficient AC system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they age. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your house comfier while keeping electricity expenses low.
  2. Schedule yearly air conditioner tune-ups. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment operating like it should and could help it run more efficiently. It can also help extend its life cycle, since it enables professionals to pinpoint small issues before they lead to a major meltdown.
  3. Change air filters regularly. Read manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A dirty filter can result in your system short cycling, or run too frequently, and increase your electricity.
  4. Measure attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of residences in the USA don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most southern climates need 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates need 16–18”.
  5. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has loosened over time can leak conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in major comfort troubles in your home, such as hot and cold spots.
  6. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep hot air where it should be by closing holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more cool air within your home.

Save More Energy During Hot Weather with Gopher Heating and Air Conditioning

If you are looking to conserve more energy during hot weather, our Gopher Heating and Air Conditioning professionals can help. Reach us at 952-373-0377 or contact us online for additional details about our energy-saving cooling options.