You want your home to be comfortable during the summer, but you don’t want high energy bills. It’s a balancing act between what temperature your air conditioner should be set at and how much you pay for electricity. The ideal temperature for your home depends on what you’re comfortable with.
Department of Energy Recommendation
The DOE recommends that you set your air conditioner to 78 degrees when you’re home. They recommend 85 degrees as the temperature when you’re away for a long time, such as at work. While this is theoretically ideal, most people don’t want their houses that warm when they’re home.
High humidity levels make you feel warmer than what the temperature is. One way to feel cooler is to have a whole-home dehumidifier installed. If you have a dehumidifier, you can set the temperature at 78 degrees but still feel comfortable.
Scale Up the Temperature
While you might habitually set your air conditioner to 70 degrees, that can be expensive on your energy bills. Try setting it to a higher temperature, such as 74 degrees, for a few days. Once you acclimate to that temperature, set it higher. Once you reach a warmth at which you’re uncomfortable, set it back a degree.
What About at Night?
You need to be comfortable to get a good night’s rest. If you live in an area where it gets cool at night in the summer, open the windows and turn on fans to blow warm air out of your home. If your area stays hot at night, set the temperature to 72 degrees, and point a fan at your bed.
Brian's Heating & Cooling, Inc. in Madera, CA, can help you with your air conditioner. We install, repair, and maintain AC and heating systems. You can also rely on us for energy audits, indoor air quality, tankless water heaters, duct cleaning, duct sealing, ventilation, and ductless mini-splits. Please call today for more details or to schedule an appointment.