You shouldn’t have to sacrifice comfort or empty your wallet to keep your house at a refreshing temperature during muggy weather.

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

Here’s what we recommend for the most energy-efficient setting for air conditioning in Rio Grande Valley.

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most households find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a huge difference between your interior and outdoor temperatures, your utility costs will be bigger.

This is our advice based on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and ENERGY STAR®.

While at home: 78 degrees. While that sounds hot, there are methods you can keep your residence pleasant without having the air conditioning going frequently.

Keeping windows and window treatments closed during the day keeps chilled air where it needs to be—inside. Some window solutions, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to give added insulation and better energy conservation.

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can raise thermostat temps about 4 degrees hotter without sacrificing comfort. That’s due to the fact they cool with a windchill effect. As they cool people, not spaces, turn them off when you move from a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too warm at first glance, try doing a test for a week or so. Start by increasing your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, gradually lower it while following the tips above. You may be surprised at how comfortable you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no reason to keep the air conditioner working all day while your home is unoccupied. Turning the temperature 7–10 degrees hotter can save you an estimated 5–15% on your cooling bills, according to the DOE.

When you come home, don’t be tempted to set your thermostat below 78 to cool your home more rapidly. This isn’t productive and typically results in a higher electricity cost.

A programmable thermostat is a useful way to keep your settings in check, but you have to set programs. If you don’t use programs, you risk forgetting to raise the set temperature when you take off.

If you’re looking for a hassle-free resolution, think about buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your residence and when you’re away. Then it automatically adjusts temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? About $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another plus of having a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to monitor and adjust temperature settings from almost anywhere.

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

We suggest following an equivalent test over a week, setting your temp higher and steadily lowering it to determine the right temp for your residence. On pleasant nights, you may find keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a superior idea than using the air conditioning.

More Methods to Conserve Energy This Summer

There are extra methods you can save money on air conditioning bills throughout the summer.

  1. Get an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they get older. A new air conditioner can keep your house more comfortable while keeping cooling expenses small.
  2. Set regular air conditioner tune-ups. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your system operating like it should and may help it work at better efficiency. It can also help lengthen its life span, since it helps techs to pinpoint seemingly insignificant issues before they cause a major meltdown.
  3. Replace air filters regularly. Follow manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A clogged filter can cause your system to short cycle, or turn on and off too frequently, and increase your cooling.
  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 need 16–18”.
  5. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has separated over time can let cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create big comfort troubles in your residence, like hot and cold spots.
  6. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep muggy air in its place by closing cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more cool air indoors.

Use Less Energy This Summer with Cytech Heating & Cooling L.C.

If you are looking to conserve more energy during hot weather, our Cytech Heating & Cooling L.C. experts can help. Get in touch with us at 956-630-3522 or contact us online for extra details about our energy-saving cooling products.