You shouldn’t be forced to give up comfort or spend a lot to keep your house at a refreshing temperature during muggy weather.

But what is the best temp, exactly? We review suggestions from energy specialists so you can select the best temperature for your residence.

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

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 interior and outside warmth, your electricity costs 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 seems hot, there are ways you can keep your home cool without having the air conditioning running frequently.

Keeping windows and window treatments closed during the day keeps cool air where it needs to be—inside. Some window coverings, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to give extra insulation and improved energy savings.

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can increase thermostat temps about 4 degrees warmer without compromising comfort. That’s due to the fact they cool by a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not spaces, turn them off when you leave a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too warm initially, try running a test for a week or so. Start by raising your setting to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, gradually lower it while adhering to the ideas above. You might be astonished at how comfortable you feel at a warmer temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the air conditioning working all day while your home is vacant. Moving the setting 7–10 degrees hotter can save you an estimated 5–15% on your electricity bills, according to the DOE.

When you get home, don’t be tempted to set your thermostat below 78 to cool your home faster. This isn’t effective and typically results in a higher electricity expense.

A programmable thermostat is a good way to keep your temp controlled, but you need to set programs. If you don’t set programs, you run the risk of forgetting to change the set temperature when you take off.

If you’re looking for a hassle-free solution, think over buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at your residence and when you’re away. Then it instinctively adjusts temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? Typically $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another advantage of installing a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to keep an eye on and adjust temperature settings from almost anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR suggests 82 degrees, that may be unpleasant for most families. Many people sleep better when their bedroom is chilled, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation recommends 60–67 degrees. But that could be too cold, due to your pajama and blanket preference.

We advise running an equivalent test over a week, putting your thermostat higher and progressively decreasing it to pick the right temperature for your house. On mild nights, you could discover keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a preferable idea than operating the AC.

More Ways to Save Energy This Summer

There are extra methods you can conserve money on cooling bills throughout hot weather.

  1. Install an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they become older. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your residence more comfortable while keeping energy costs down.
  2. Book annual air conditioner tune-ups. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit working like it should and could help it run more efficiently. It can also help lengthen its life cycle, since it allows pros to spot seemingly insignificant problems before they lead to a major meltdown.
  3. Replace air filters frequently. Follow manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A dirty filter can cause your system to short cycle, or turn on and off too much, and increase your electricity.
  4. Inspect attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of residences in the United States don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. The majority of southern climates need 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
  5. Have your ductwork examined. Ductwork that has separated over time can seep cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create huge comfort problems in your home, such as hot and cold spots.
  6. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep warm air in its place by sealing cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more cold air within your home.

Save More Energy During Hot Weather with J.L. Brady Company LLC

If you want to save more energy during warm weather, our J.L. Brady Company LLC professionals can assist you. Give us a call at 309-517-7511 or contact us online for additional information about our energy-saving cooling options.