You shouldn’t need to compromise on comfort or drain your wallet to keep your home at a refreshing setting during summer weather.

But what is the right temperature, exactly? We go over ideas from energy experts so you can determine the best setting for your house.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a huge difference between your inside and exterior temperatures, your electricity expenses will be greater.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that appears warm, there are approaches you can keep your house refreshing without having the AC going constantly.

Keeping windows and curtains closed during the day keeps chilled air where it should be—inside. Some window solutions, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to give more insulation and enhanced energy efficiency.

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can raise thermostat temps about 4 degrees hotter without giving up comfort. That’s since they refresh through a windchill effect. Because they cool people, not spaces, shut them off when you move from a room.

If 78 degrees still seems too uncomfortable at first glance, try doing a trial for about a week. Begin by increasing your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, progressively lower it while adhering to the tips above. You could be surprised at how cool you feel at a hotter temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the air conditioner running all day while your house is vacant. Switching the temperature 7–10 degrees warmer can save you anywhere from 5–15% on your air conditioning bills, according to the DOE.

When you come home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your home more quickly. This isn’t effective and typically results in a more expensive electrical cost.

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

If you want a hassle-free remedy, think about getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at your house and when you’re gone. Then it automatically adjusts temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? About $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another perk of installing a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to watch and change temperature settings from almost anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR suggests 82 degrees, that may be too uncomfortable for most families. The majority of people sleep better when their sleeping space is chilly, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation recommends 60–67 degrees. But that may be too cool, based on your clothing and blanket preference.

We recommend running a similar test over a week, moving your temp higher and slowly decreasing it to select the best temp for your residence. On mild nights, you could find keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a preferable option than using the air conditioning.

More Approaches to Save Energy During Warm Weather

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

  1. Upgrade to an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they become older. A new air conditioner can keep your residence comfier while keeping electricity costs low.
  2. Schedule yearly air conditioner tune-ups. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment working properly and could help it work at better efficiency. It might also help lengthen its life expectancy, since it allows pros to spot seemingly insignificant problems before they cause a major meltdown.
  3. Replace air filters regularly. Use manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A dusty filter can result in your system short cycling, or turn on and off too frequently, and increase your electricity.
  4. Measure attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of residences in the U.S. don’t have enough insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates need 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
  5. Have your ductwork inspected. Ductwork that has loosened over time can leak conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create major comfort troubles in your house, like hot and cold spots.
  6. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep hot air where it belongs by closing cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more conditioned air inside.

Save More Energy This Summer with Refrigeration Systems Ltd.

If you need to save more energy during warm weather, our Refrigeration Systems Ltd. specialists can assist you. Reach us at 778-693-2532 or contact us online for extra information about our energy-saving cooling solutions.