You shouldn’t need to compromise on comfort or spend a lot to keep your house at the right setting during the summer.

But what is the best setting, exactly? We go over recommendations from energy specialists so you can find the best setting for your loved ones.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a huge difference between your interior and outside temps, your electrical costs will be larger.

These are our recommendations 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 pleasant without having the air conditioner on frequently.

Keeping windows and curtains closed during the day keeps chilled air where it belongs—within your home. Some window treatments, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to offer more insulation and enhanced energy efficiency.

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

If 78 degrees still appears too warm on the surface, try conducting an experiment for a week or so. Begin by increasing your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, steadily turn it down while following the advice above. You might be amazed at how comfortable you feel at a hotter temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the air conditioning working all day while your residence is vacant. Switching the temp 7–10 degrees warmer can save you as much as 5–15% on your electricity expenses, according to the DOE.

When you get home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your house more quickly. This isn’t productive and usually produces a more expensive electrical cost.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful approach to keep your temperature controlled, but you need to set programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you might forget to move the set temperature when you go.

If you’re looking for a convenient resolution, consider buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at home and when you’re gone. Then it instinctively modifies temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? Usually $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another perk of having 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 recommends 82 degrees, that could be too uncomfortable for many families. The majority of 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 PJ and blanket preference.

We advise trying a similar test over a week, putting your thermostat higher and steadily turning it down to select the ideal setting for your residence. On pleasant nights, you may learn keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a better solution than operating the air conditioning.

More Approaches to Use Less Energy During Warm Weather

There are other approaches you can conserve money on air conditioning bills throughout the summer.

  1. Get an energy-efficient AC system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they become older. A new air conditioner can keep your home comfier while keeping AC expenses low.
  2. Set regular air conditioner maintenance. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit working properly and may help it operate at greater efficiency. It may also help prolong its life cycle, since it helps pros to discover small troubles before they cause a major meltdown.
  3. Change air filters frequently. Read manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A dusty filter can result in your system short cycling, or turn on and off too often, and raise your utility.
  4. Inspect attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of residences in the U.S. don’t have adequate insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
  5. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has loosened over time can seep cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in big comfort problems in your home, like hot and cold spots.
  6. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep muggy air where it should be by sealing holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more cool air indoors.

Conserve More Energy During Warm Weather with Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc

If you want to save more energy this summer, our Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc professionals can provide assistance. Reach us at 715-301-0256 or contact us online for additional information about our energy-saving cooling solutions.