You shouldn’t be forced to give up comfort or empty your wallet to keep your home at the right temp during the summer.

But what is the ideal temp, exactly? We review ideas from energy experts so you can select the best temperature for your house.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most households find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a sizeable difference between your indoor and outdoor warmth, your electricity bills will be higher.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that sounds too high, there are approaches you can keep your house cool without having the air conditioning going constantly.

Keeping windows and blinds shut during the day keeps cold air where it needs to be—within your home. Some window solutions, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to give extra insulation and improved energy savings.

If you have ceiling fans in your home, the DOE says you can increase thermostat settings about 4 degrees hotter without giving up comfort. That’s because they freshen with a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not areas, switch them off when you leave a room.

If 78 degrees still seems too warm on the surface, try running an experiment for approximately a week. Start by upping your setting to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, steadily turn it down while using the ideas above. You might be shocked at how cool you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the air conditioning going all day while your house is empty. Turning the temperature 7–10 degrees warmer can save you anywhere from 5–15% on your AC costs, according to the DOE.

When you come home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat under 78 to cool your residence more quickly. This isn’t useful and often produces a higher cooling expense.

A programmable thermostat is a useful way to keep your temp under control, but you need to set programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you run the risk of forgetting to raise the set temperature when you leave.

If you want a convenient solution, think over installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it knows when you’re at home and when you’re out. Then it instinctively changes temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? Usually $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

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

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

We recommend trying an equivalent test over a week, setting your thermostat higher and progressively lowering it to choose the right temperature for your residence. On pleasant nights, you could find keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a preferable option than using the AC.

More Methods to Use Less Energy During Hot Weather

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

  1. Upgrade to an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they age. An updated air conditioner can keep your home cooler while keeping cooling costs low.
  2. Set regular air conditioner maintenance. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your system running smoothly and might help it run more efficiently. It might also help extend its life span, since it allows pros to find little issues before they create a major meltdown.
  3. Change air filters frequently. Follow manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A dirty filter can cause your system to short cycle, or switch on and off too often, and drive up your electricity.
  4. Check attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of houses in the U.S. don’t have enough insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most 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 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 holes, doors and windows. Keep hot air in its place by closing cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more conditioned air indoors.

Save More Energy During Warm Weather with Everest Heating & Cooling

If you want to conserve more energy during warm weather, our Everest Heating & Cooling experts can assist you. Give us a call at 913-845-9463 or contact us online for more info about our energy-saving cooling solutions.