You shouldn’t have to give up comfort or empty your wallet to keep your house at a refreshing temp during summer weather.

But what is the right temp, exactly? We go over advice from energy experts so you can find the best temp for your loved ones.

Here’s what we suggest for the most energy-efficient setting for air conditioning in Milwaukee.

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most people find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a sizeable difference between your interior and outside temperatures, your electrical 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 warm, there are approaches you can keep your home pleasant without having the air conditioning on constantly.

Keeping windows and blinds shut during the day keeps chilled air where it belongs—indoors. Some window treatments, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to give extra insulation and better energy savings.

If you have ceiling fans in your home, the DOE says you can move thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees hotter without giving up comfort. That’s due to the fact they freshen through a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not areas, switch them off when you leave a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too warm on the surface, try running an experiment for about a week. Start by increasing your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, progressively decrease it while following the suggestions above. You might be amazed at how cool you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the AC going all day while your residence is unoccupied. Turning the setting 7–10 degrees warmer can save you an estimated 5–15% on your cooling bills, according to the DOE.

When you arrive home, don’t be tempted to set your thermostat under 78 to cool your residence faster. This isn’t useful and often produces a higher AC cost.

A programmable thermostat is a useful way to keep your temp controlled, but you need to set programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you run the risk of forgetting to increase the set temperature when you go.

If you’re looking for a handy resolution, consider installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at your residence and when you’re out. Then it instinctively changes temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? About $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another benefit of getting a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to keep an eye on and regulate temperature settings from nearly anywhere.

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

We recommend following an equivalent test over a week, putting your thermostat higher and gradually decreasing it to pick the best temperature for your house. On pleasant nights, you may learn keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a superior option than running the air conditioner.

More Methods to Save Energy During Hot Weather

There are other ways you can save money on AC bills throughout the summer.

  1. Install an energy-efficient AC system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they age. A new air conditioner can keep your home cooler while keeping utility costs down.
  2. Set annual air conditioner maintenance. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment running like it should and may help it operate more efficiently. It could also help prolong its life expectancy, since it enables pros to uncover seemingly insignificant issues before they lead to a major meltdown.
  3. Replace air filters regularly. Read manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A clogged filter can result in your system short cycling, or switch on and off too much, and increase your cooling.
  4. Check attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of residences in the USA don’t have adequate insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. The majority of southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
  5. Have your ductwork inspected. Ductwork that has come apart over time can let cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to big comfort issues in your house, like hot and cold spots.
  6. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep hot air where it should be by plugging holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more conditioned air within your home.

Save More Energy During Hot Weather with Done Right Air

If you want to use less energy during warm weather, our Done Right Air pros can provide assistance. Reach us at 414-207-4034 or contact us online for more details about our energy-saving cooling options.