You shouldn’t have to compromise on comfort or drain your wallet to keep your residence at a refreshing setting during hot days.

But what is the ideal temp, exactly? We review suggestions 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 Oxford.

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 interior and outside temperatures, your electricity bills will be bigger.

These are our suggestions 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 home pleasant without having the air conditioner running constantly.

Keeping windows and blinds down during the day keeps cool air where it needs to be—indoors. Some window treatments, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to offer added insulation and enhanced energy efficiency.

If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can move thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees higher without giving up comfort. That’s since they cool through a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not areas, shut them off when you leave a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too uncomfortable on the surface, try doing a trial for a week or so. Get started by upping your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, progressively turn it down while using the advice above. You might be amazed at how comfortable you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the air conditioning working all day while your residence is unoccupied. Moving the setting 7–10 degrees hotter can save you anywhere from 5–15% on your AC costs, according to the DOE.

When you get home, don’t be tempted to set your thermostat below 78 to cool your house more quickly. This isn’t productive and usually results in a bigger electricity expense.

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

If you want a hassle-free solution, think about installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at home and when you’re out. Then it automatically modifies temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? Typically $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another plus of getting 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 suggests 82 degrees, that might be unbearable for the majority of families. Many people sleep better when their bedroom is cold, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation advises 60–67 degrees. But that may be too cool, based on your pajama and blanket preference.

We recommend trying a comparable test over a week, setting your temp higher and gradually turning it down to pinpoint the best setting for your house. On pleasant nights, you could discover keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a superior idea than operating the air conditioning.

More Ways to Use Less Energy During Hot Weather

There are added ways you can conserve money on AC 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 updated air conditioner can keep your house cooler while keeping energy costs low.
  2. Set annual air conditioner service. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your system running smoothly and may help it work more efficiently. It may also help prolong its life cycle, since it allows technicians to pinpoint little troubles before they cause a major meltdown.
  3. Change air filters often. Follow manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A dusty filter can lead to your system short cycling, or run too much, and increase your utility.
  4. Inspect attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of homes in the USA don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most southern climates require 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 cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in big comfort problems in your home, including hot and cold spots.
  6. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep muggy air in its place by sealing openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more cold air inside.

Conserve More Energy This Summer with Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc

If you want to save more energy this summer, our Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc pros can help. Give us a call at 662-281-1231 or contact us online for more information about our energy-saving cooling products.