You shouldn’t be forced to sacrifice comfort or spend a lot to keep your residence at a refreshing temperature during the summer.

But what is the right setting, exactly? We go over ideas from energy experts so you can choose the best temp for your residence.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most households find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a huge difference between your inside and outdoor warmth, your cooling expenses will be bigger.

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 approaches you can keep your home cool without having the air conditioner on constantly.

Keeping windows and blinds shut during the day keeps chilled air where it belongs—indoors. Some window solutions, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to deliver more insulation and enhanced energy conservation.

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can increase thermostat temps about 4 degrees higher without sacrificing comfort. That’s due to the fact they cool through a windchill effect. Because they cool people, not areas, switch them off when you move from a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too warm on the surface, try conducting an experiment for approximately a week. Begin by raising your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, progressively decrease it while following the ideas above. You may be surprised at how refreshed you feel at a warmer temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no reason to keep the air conditioner running all day while your home is empty. Moving the setting 7–10 degrees hotter can save you as much as 5–15% on your AC costs, according to the DOE.

When you arrive home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat under 78 to cool your home more quickly. This isn’t useful and often leads to a higher electricity cost.

A programmable thermostat is a good way to keep your settings in check, but you have to set programs. If you don’t use programs, you might forget to move the set temperature when you leave.

If you want a handy resolution, think over getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your house and when you’re away. 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 benefit of installing a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to keep an eye on and adjust temperature settings from just about anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR suggests 82 degrees, that might be unpleasant for most families. Most people sleep better when their bedroom is chilly, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation advises 60–67 degrees. But that may be too chilly, depending on your clothing and blanket preference.

We advise following an equivalent test over a week, putting your thermostat higher and slowly lowering it to choose the ideal setting for your house. On cool nights, you might find keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a better option than operating the AC.

More Methods to Conserve Energy This Summer

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

  1. Upgrade to an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they get older. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your residence comfier while keeping AC expenses down.
  2. Set regular air conditioner service. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your system running properly and could help it run more efficiently. It can also help extend its life expectancy, since it helps pros to uncover little problems before they lead to a major meltdown.
  3. Change air filters frequently. Use manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A dirty filter can cause your system to short cycle, or run too much, and increase your energy.
  4. Inspect attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of residences in the U.S. don’t have adequate insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates should have 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
  5. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has separated over time can let cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create big comfort issues in your house, including hot and cold spots.
  6. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep muggy air where it should be by closing holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more cold air inside.

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

If you need to save more energy this summer, our West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services pros can provide assistance. Give us a call at (616) 319-1436 or contact us online for additional info about our energy-saving cooling products.