You shouldn’t be forced to compromise on comfort or spend a lot to keep your residence at a pleasant temperature during warm days.

But what is the best temp, exactly? We discuss ideas from energy pros so you can find the best temp for your house.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most people find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a major difference between your inside and exterior temperatures, your electrical costs will be larger.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that seems warm, there are approaches you can keep your house cool without having the air conditioning running constantly.

Keeping windows and blinds shut during the day keeps chilled air where it needs to be—indoors. Some window coverings, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to provide more insulation and enhanced energy savings.

If you have ceiling fans in your home, the DOE says you can raise thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees higher without compromising comfort. That’s due to the fact they cool with a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not spaces, turn them off when you move from a room.

If 78 degrees still seems too hot initially, try conducting an experiment for about a week. Get started by raising your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, gradually lower it while following the advice above. You might 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 going all day while your home is vacant. Turning the setting 7–10 degrees higher can save you anywhere from 5–15% on your electricity expenses, according to the DOE.

When you arrive home, don’t be tempted to set your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your residence more rapidly. This isn’t useful and usually produces a bigger cooling expense.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful approach to keep your temperature 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 want a hassle-free remedy, consider installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at your house and when you’re gone. Then it intuitively adjusts temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? An estimated $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

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

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR advises 82 degrees, that might be unpleasant for many families. The majority of people sleep better when their sleeping space is chilled, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation advises 60–67 degrees. But that could be too cool, due to your pajama and blanket preference.

We advise running a comparable test over a week, moving your temperature higher and slowly lowering it to select the right temp for your family. On pleasant nights, you may learn keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a preferable solution than using the air conditioner.

More Ways to Conserve Energy This Summer

There are additional approaches you can save money on cooling bills throughout warm weather.

  1. Get an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they become older. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your residence cooler while keeping AC costs small.
  2. Schedule yearly air conditioner service. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your system running like it should and could help it operate more efficiently. It might also help prolong its life cycle, since it enables techs to find small troubles before they cause a major meltdown.
  3. Replace air filters frequently. Follow manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A clogged filter can result in your system short cycling, or switch on and off too frequently, and increase your electricity.
  4. Measure attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of houses 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 should have 16–18”.
  5. Have your ductwork inspected. Ductwork that has separated over time can seep cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in big comfort issues in your home, including hot and cold spots.
  6. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep humid air where it should be by plugging cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more cool air within your home.

Save More Energy During Hot Weather with Haselhoff Air Solutions

If you need to use less energy during hot weather, our Haselhoff Air Solutions specialists can help. Reach us at 515-450-8739 or contact us online for extra info about our energy-saving cooling options.