You shouldn’t need to compromise on comfort or empty your wallet to keep your house at a pleasant temp during hot days.

But what is the right temperature, exactly? We review ideas from energy experts 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 Corpus Christi.

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most people find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a big difference between your interior and outside temps, your electricity costs 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 seems hot, there are approaches you can keep your residence refreshing without having the AC running frequently.

Keeping windows and blinds down during the day keeps chilled air where it should be—inside. Some window treatments, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to provide more insulation and enhanced energy efficiency.

If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can move thermostat temps about 4 degrees higher without compromising comfort. That’s because they cool by a windchill effect. As they cool people, not areas, switch them off when you move from a room.

If 78 degrees still seems too uncomfortable at first glance, try running a trial for about a week. Begin by increasing your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, gradually lower it while using the ideas above. You may be shocked at how cool you feel at a hotter temperature setting.

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

When you arrive home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat under 78 to cool your home more quickly. This isn’t effective and typically leads to a higher electricity expense.

A programmable thermostat is a good method to keep your settings controlled, but it requires setting programs. If you don’t use programs, you risk forgetting to increase the set temperature when you leave.

If you need a convenient solution, think about 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 the best savings. How much exactly? Usually $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another benefit of installing a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to monitor and change temperature settings from nearly 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 bedroom is cold, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation recommends 60–67 degrees. But that could be too chilly, based on your PJ and blanket preference.

We recommend running an equivalent test over a week, moving your temp higher and slowly decreasing it to select the ideal setting for your house. On cool nights, you might learn keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a better idea than operating the air conditioning.

More Methods to Use Less Energy During Warm Weather

There are other ways you can save money on energy bills throughout hot weather.

  1. Get an energy-efficient AC system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they get older. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your house cooler while keeping electrical costs low.
  2. Book regular air conditioner service. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment working properly and could help it work more efficiently. It could also help lengthen its life cycle, since it enables techs to find little troubles before they create a major meltdown.
  3. Replace air filters frequently. Use 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 utility.
  4. Check attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of houses in the USA don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates need 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
  5. Have your ductwork examined. Ductwork that has separated over time can leak conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in major comfort troubles in your house, such as hot and cold spots.
  6. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep warm air in its place by closing cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more cold air inside.

Save More Energy This Summer with Total Assurance AC & Heating

If you are looking to save more energy during warm weather, our Total Assurance AC & Heating experts can help. Reach us at 361-217-7080 or contact us online for additional details about our energy-saving cooling products.