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

But what is the right temperature, exactly? We discuss advice from energy professionals so you can determine the best temp for your family.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most households find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a sizeable difference between your indoor and outside temperatures, your utility 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 seems too high, there are methods you can keep your residence pleasant without having the AC on all the time.

Keeping windows and window treatments down during the day keeps chilled air where it belongs—within your home. Some window solutions, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to give added insulation and enhanced energy savings.

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

If 78 degrees still appears too uncomfortable on the surface, try doing a trial for a week or so. Start by upping your setting to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, progressively turn it down while following the tips above. You may be shocked at how comfortable you feel at a warmer temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no reason to keep the air conditioner on all day while your house is vacant. Turning the setting 7–10 degrees warmer can save you an estimated 5–15% on your electrical expenses, according to the DOE.

When you get home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat under 78 to cool your residence faster. This isn’t productive and typically leads to a higher cooling cost.

A programmable thermostat is a useful method to keep your temp in check, but you need to set programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you run the risk of forgetting to move the set temperature when you leave.

If you want a convenient fix, consider installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at your house and when you’re out. Then it automatically changes temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? An estimated $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another plus of having a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to keep an eye on and change temperature settings from nearly anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR suggests 82 degrees, that may be unbearable for many 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 pajama and blanket preference.

We advise running a similar test over a week, moving your thermostat higher and gradually decreasing it to choose the right setting for your residence. On mild nights, you may discover keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a superior solution than operating the air conditioner.

More Approaches to Save Energy This Summer

There are additional ways you can save money on cooling bills throughout hot weather.

  1. Install an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they age. A new air conditioner can keep your home cooler while keeping AC costs down.
  2. Schedule annual air conditioner maintenance. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit running like it should and might help it work at greater efficiency. It could also help extend its life span, since it helps pros to find little problems before they cause a major meltdown.
  3. Replace air filters frequently. Follow manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A clogged filter can result in your system short cycling, or switch on and off too frequently, and drive up your electricity.
  4. Check attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of houses 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 require 16–18”.
  5. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has come apart over time can let conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create major comfort issues in your house, including hot and cold spots.
  6. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep hot air in its place by sealing holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more cool air inside.

Conserve More Energy This Summer with Ohler & Holzhauer Inc.

If you are looking to save more energy this summer, our Ohler & Holzhauer Inc. experts can assist you. Get in touch with us at 419-465-8722 or contact us online for more info about our energy-saving cooling solutions.