You shouldn’t be forced to sacrifice comfort or drain your wallet to keep your residence at a refreshing setting during hot days.

But what is the right setting, exactly? We go over suggestions from energy specialists so you can choose the best temp for your loved ones.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most households find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a major difference between your interior and outside temperatures, your electrical bills 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 too high, there are approaches you can keep your home pleasant without having the air conditioner going frequently.

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

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can increase thermostat settings about 4 degrees warmer without sacrificing comfort. That’s due to the fact they cool by a windchill effect. As they cool people, not rooms, switch them off when you leave a room.

If 78 degrees still appears too warm initially, try conducting an experiment for about a week. Get started by upping your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, steadily decrease it while adhering to the suggestions above. You might be shocked at how cool you feel at a hotter temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the air conditioner on all day while your home is unoccupied. Switching the temperature 7–10 degrees warmer can save you as much as 5–15% on your electrical costs, according to the DOE.

When you get home, don’t be tempted to set your thermostat under 78 to cool your house faster. This isn’t useful and often leads to a bigger cooling expense.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful approach to keep your temp controlled, but it requires setting programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you might forget to change the set temperature when you take off.

If you need a convenient resolution, consider getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your house and when you’re out. Then it intuitively changes temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? About $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another benefit of using a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to keep an eye on and change temperature settings from almost anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR recommends 82 degrees, that could be too uncomfortable for many families. Many people sleep better when their bedroom is chilled, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation recommends 60–67 degrees. But that could be too chilly, depending on your clothing and blanket preference.

We recommend following an equivalent test over a week, setting your temp higher and gradually lowering it to locate the best temperature for your residence. On mild nights, you may find keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a superior idea than running the AC.

More Approaches to Use Less Energy During Warm Weather

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

  1. 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 house cooler while keeping cooling expenses small.
  2. Book regular air conditioner maintenance. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit working properly and could help it work at greater efficiency. It can also help lengthen its life cycle, since it helps pros to find seemingly insignificant problems before they cause a major meltdown.
  3. Put in new air filters frequently. Use manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A dusty filter can lead to your system short cycling, or run too often, and raise your energy.
  4. Inspect attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of residences in the USA don’t have enough insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most southern climates should have 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
  5. Have your ductwork examined. Ductwork that has come apart over time can seep conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to major comfort problems in your house, including hot and cold spots.
  6. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep humid air in its place by sealing holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more cool air indoors.

Use Less Energy This Summer with Bell Mechanical Services

If you need to conserve more energy this summer, our Bell Mechanical Services specialists can help. Give us a call at 888-863-0560 or contact us online for additional information about our energy-saving cooling options.