You shouldn’t be forced to sacrifice comfort or spend a lot to keep your house at a pleasant temp during hot days.

But what is the ideal setting, exactly? We go over ideas from energy experts so you can choose the best setting for your residence.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most people find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a major difference between your indoor and outside warmth, your cooling costs will be greater.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that appears warm, there are approaches you can keep your residence pleasant without having the air conditioning running constantly.

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

If you have ceiling fans in your home, the DOE says you can raise thermostat temps about 4 degrees higher without sacrificing comfort. That’s due to the fact they cool by a windchill effect. Because they cool people, not areas, switch them off when you move from a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too warm initially, try doing a test for a week or so. Get started by upping your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, gradually lower it while adhering to the suggestions above. You might be surprised at how cool you feel at a hotter temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the air conditioning working all day while your home is empty. Moving the temp 7–10 degrees higher can save you anywhere from 5–15% on your electricity expenses, according to the DOE.

When you arrive home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat under 78 to cool your house faster. This isn’t productive and often leads to a bigger electricity expense.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful approach to keep your temperature in check, but it requires setting programs. If you don’t use programs, you run the risk of forgetting to raise the set temperature when you take off.

If you’re looking for a convenient remedy, think about getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at home and when you’re out. Then it intuitively changes temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? An estimated $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another advantage of getting a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to monitor and regulate temperature settings from almost anywhere.

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

We recommend running a comparable test over a week, setting your temp higher and slowly turning it down to determine the ideal temperature for your family. On mild nights, you may 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 Hot Weather

There are added ways you can conserve money on utility bills throughout the summer.

  1. Upgrade to an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they become older. A new air conditioner can keep your residence comfier while keeping utility bills low.
  2. Schedule annual air conditioner maintenance. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your system running smoothly and may help it work more efficiently. It can also help prolong its life cycle, since it helps professionals to pinpoint seemingly insignificant troubles before they lead to a major meltdown.
  3. Change air filters often. Use manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A clogged filter can cause your system to short cycle, or switch on and off too often, and increase your electricity.
  4. Measure attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of residences in the USA don’t have adequate insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most southern climates should have 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
  5. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has come apart over time can seep cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create major comfort issues in your home, including hot and cold spots.
  6. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep muggy air in its place by plugging openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more cool air indoors.

Conserve More Energy During Warm Weather with Verona HVAC

If you are looking to use less energy this summer, our Verona HVAC specialists can assist you. Get in touch with us at 818-306-3387 or contact us online for additional information about our energy-saving cooling solutions.