You shouldn’t be forced to give up comfort or drain your wallet to keep your home at a refreshing setting during warm days.

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

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a major difference between your interior and outdoor temperatures, your electrical 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 appears too high, there are approaches you can keep your residence cool without having the air conditioner running all the time.

Keeping windows and blinds closed during the day keeps cold air where it should be—indoors. Some window treatments, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to provide more insulation and improved energy savings.

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

If 78 degrees still feels too uncomfortable on the surface, try conducting a trial for about a week. Begin by raising your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, gradually turn it down while adhering to the tips above. You may be astonished at how comfortable you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no reason to keep the air conditioner on all day while your residence is unoccupied. Turning the setting 7–10 degrees warmer can save you as much as 5–15% on your AC costs, according to the DOE.

When you get home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat below 78 to cool your residence more quickly. This isn’t productive and often results in a higher air conditioner bill.

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 risk forgetting to move the set temperature when you leave.

If you need a hassle-free resolution, think over getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at your residence and when you’re gone. Then it intuitively adjusts temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? An estimated $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another plus of getting 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 advises 82 degrees, that might be too uncomfortable for many families. The majority of people sleep better when their sleeping area is cold, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation advises 60–67 degrees. But that may be too cool, depending on your pajama and blanket preference.

We advise following a comparable test over a week, setting your temp higher and progressively decreasing it to determine the ideal setting for your house. On cool nights, you might learn keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a superior idea than operating the AC.

More Approaches to Use Less Energy This Summer

There are other methods you can save money on cooling bills throughout the summer.

  1. Get an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they age. A new air conditioner can keep your residence cooler while keeping electricity bills low.
  2. Set regular air conditioner maintenance. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit working properly and could help it work at greater efficiency. It might also help extend its life expectancy, since it helps professionals to find seemingly insignificant troubles before they cause a major meltdown.
  3. Put in new air filters frequently. Read manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A dirty filter can cause your system to short cycle, or switch on and off too much, and increase your electrical.
  4. Inspect attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of residences in the United States don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 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 result in major comfort problems in your home, like hot and cold spots.
  6. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep humid air where it should be by sealing openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more conditioned air within your home.

Save More Energy During Hot Weather with Bishop’s HVAC

If you want to conserve more energy this summer, our Bishop’s HVAC experts can help. Reach us at 916-591-6889 or contact us online for more details about our energy-saving cooling products.