You shouldn’t need to give up comfort or spend a lot to keep your home at a refreshing temperature during hot days.
But what is the best temp, exactly? We discuss ideas from energy pros so you can choose the best temperature for your residence.
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 provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a big difference between your indoor and outdoor temps, your cooling costs will be higher.
This is our advice based on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and ENERGY STAR®.
While at home: 78 degrees. While that seems hot, there are ways you can keep your home refreshing without having the AC on constantly.
Keeping windows and window treatments down during the day keeps chilled air where it should be—inside. Some window treatments, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to offer extra insulation and improved energy conservation.
If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can increase thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees higher without giving up comfort. That’s due to the fact they freshen with a windchill effect. Because they cool people, not spaces, turn them off when you exit a room.
If 78 degrees still appears too uncomfortable at first glance, try doing a test for a week or so. Begin by increasing your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, steadily turn it down while using the ideas above. You might be surprised at how cool you feel at a hotter temperature setting.
While away: 88 degrees. There’s no reason to keep the AC working all day while your house is empty. Moving the setting 7–10 degrees warmer can save you anywhere from 5–15% on your AC expenses, according to the DOE.
When you come home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat under 78 to cool your home faster. This isn’t effective and typically produces a bigger electricity expense.
A programmable thermostat is a helpful approach to keep your temperature in check, but you need to set programs. If you don’t set programs, you risk forgetting to change the set temperature when you take off.
If you need a convenient remedy, think about installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at your house and when you’re away. Then it instinctively modifies temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? An estimated $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.
Another advantage of getting a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to watch and regulate temperature settings from nearly anywhere.
While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR recommends 82 degrees, that might be unpleasant for many families. The majority of people sleep better when their sleeping area is cold, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation advises 60–67 degrees. But that might be too chilly, due to your PJ and blanket preference.
We suggest trying an equivalent test over a week, putting your temperature higher and steadily turning it down to determine the best temp for your residence. On cool nights, you might discover keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a better solution than operating the AC.
More Methods to Use Less Energy This Summer
There are other approaches you can save money on cooling bills throughout warm weather.
- Upgrade to an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they age. A new air conditioner can keep your residence comfier while keeping cooling expenses small.
- Set annual air conditioner service. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment running smoothly and may help it run at better efficiency. It may also help lengthen its life span, since it helps technicians to spot small troubles before they create a major meltdown.
- Change air filters regularly. Use manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A clogged filter can result in your system short cycling, or run too often, and raise your electricity.
- Inspect attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of homes in the U.S. don’t have adequate insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most southern climates should have 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
- Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has separated over time can leak conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to huge comfort troubles in your residence, including hot and cold spots.
- Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep warm air in its place by sealing cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more conditioned air within your home.
Conserve More Energy During Hot Weather with Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc
If you need to use less energy this summer, our Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc professionals can provide assistance. Reach us at 715-301-0256 or contact us online for extra details about our energy-saving cooling solutions.