You shouldn’t need to compromise on comfort or drain your wallet to keep your house at a pleasant temperature during muggy weather.

But what is the best temp, exactly? We discuss recommendations from energy pros so you can determine the best temperature for your family.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most people find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a huge difference between your inside and outside temps, your electrical expenses will be bigger.

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 methods you can keep your residence cool without having the air conditioner on all the time.

Keeping windows and curtains shut during the day keeps cool air where it belongs—within your home. Some window coverings, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to deliver more insulation and enhanced energy efficiency.

If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can increase thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees warmer without compromising comfort. That’s since they cool with a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not areas, switch them off when you leave a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too warm at first glance, try running a test for a week or so. Get started by raising your setting to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, gradually turn it down while following the ideas above. You could be shocked at how comfortable you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the air conditioner running all day while your residence is vacant. Turning the temperature 7–10 degrees higher can save you as much as 5–15% on your electricity expenses, according to the DOE.

When you come home, don’t be tempted to set your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your home faster. This isn’t effective and usually results in a higher cooling expense.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful approach to keep your temperature under control, but you have to set programs. If you don’t use programs, you might forget to increase the set temperature when you leave.

If you need a handy resolution, consider getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at your residence and when you’re out. Then it automatically changes temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? An estimated $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another benefit of using a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to keep an eye on and change temperature settings from just about anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR advises 82 degrees, that might be unpleasant for many families. Most people sleep better when their bedroom is chilled, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation advises 60–67 degrees. But that might be too chilly, depending on your pajama and blanket preference.

We suggest trying a similar test over a week, setting your temp higher and steadily lowering it to pinpoint the ideal temperature for your family. On cool nights, you may find keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a better option than using the air conditioning.

More Methods to Use Less Energy This Summer

There are extra ways you can conserve money on AC bills throughout warm weather.

  1. Upgrade to an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they get older. A new air conditioner can keep your house more comfortable while keeping AC costs low.
  2. Set yearly air conditioner service. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment running properly and may help it operate more efficiently. It could also help prolong its life span, since it allows techs to pinpoint seemingly insignificant troubles before they lead to a major meltdown.
  3. Change air filters often. Read manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A dirty filter can result in your system short cycling, or run too much, and drive up your electricity.
  4. Inspect attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of houses in the U.S. don’t have enough insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most southern climates need 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
  5. Have your ductwork inspected. Ductwork that has separated over time can leak conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create big comfort troubles in your home, like hot and cold spots.
  6. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep humid air where it belongs by closing cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more cold air inside.

Conserve More Energy This Summer with Mechanical Air Systems Co

If you need to save more energy this summer, our Mechanical Air Systems Co professionals can help. Get in touch with us at 641-243-4654 or contact us online for additional info about our energy-saving cooling options.