You shouldn’t need to give up comfort or drain your wallet to keep your house at a pleasant temp during muggy weather.

But what is the right temp, exactly? We discuss suggestions from energy experts so you can determine the best temperature for your residence.

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

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 inside and outside warmth, your cooling costs will be bigger.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that sounds hot, there are methods you can keep your house cool without having the AC going constantly.

Keeping windows and window treatments down during the day keeps cold air where it should be—within your home. Some window solutions, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to deliver more insulation and better energy efficiency.

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can raise thermostat settings about 4 degrees hotter without compromising comfort. That’s because they freshen with a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not areas, turn them off when you move from a room.

If 78 degrees still seems too uncomfortable initially, try running a test for about a week. Begin by increasing your setting to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, steadily turn it down while following the ideas above. You could be surprised at how refreshed you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no reason to keep the air conditioning working all day while your residence is empty. Turning the temperature 7–10 degrees hotter 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 residence faster. This isn’t effective and usually results in a more expensive air conditioner expense.

A programmable thermostat is a useful approach to keep your settings in check, but you have to set programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you risk forgetting to increase the set temperature when you go.

If you need a convenient resolution, think over buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your house and when you’re away. Then it instinctively changes temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? An estimated $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another advantage of having a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to watch 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. Many people sleep better when their sleeping space is chilled, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation recommends 60–67 degrees. But that might be too cold, depending on your PJ and blanket preference.

We suggest following a similar test over a week, setting your thermostat higher and gradually lowering it to locate the ideal setting for your family. On mild nights, you could discover keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a superior option than operating the air conditioner.

More Ways to Use Less Energy During Warm Weather

There are extra ways you can spend less money on utility bills throughout the summer.

  1. Install 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 residence more comfortable while keeping energy costs low.
  2. Book annual air conditioner maintenance. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment operating like it should and could help it operate more efficiently. It may also help lengthen its life expectancy, since it enables pros to discover little problems before they create a major meltdown.
  3. Change air filters regularly. Follow manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A dusty filter can lead to your system short cycling, or turn on and off too frequently, and increase your electrical.
  4. Measure attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of houses in the USA 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 cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create major comfort problems in your home, including hot and cold spots.
  6. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep hot air in its place by sealing openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more cool air inside.

Use Less Energy During Warm Weather with West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services

If you are looking to conserve more energy this summer, our West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services specialists can provide assistance. Get in touch with us at (616) 319-1436 or contact us online for more info about our energy-saving cooling solutions.