Recently, an article from Consumer Reports went viral because of seemingly unrealistic thermostat settings. The post suggest that the ideal thermostat settings for summer are 78 degrees during the day and 82 degrees at night. This sparked an internet frenzy, with most commenters saying that 78 degrees was far too warm for comfort. So…what are the ideal thermostat settings for summer? Quality Comfort HVAC is here to help.
The Most Energy Efficient Thermostat Settings for Summer
Consumer Reports based their recommendations on the Heating and Cooling Guide from Energy Star. This highlights the ideal thermostat settings based on energy efficiency. It does not take into account comfort or ‘practicality.’ Their metrics are purely based on what will put the least amount of stress on the HVAC system.
According to Energy Star, thermostats should be set at:
- 78 degrees or above in the morning
- At least 7 degrees higher (85+) during the day, when no one is home
- 78 degrees or above in the evening
- At least 4 degrees higher (82+) at night, during sleep hours
These suggestions are based on outdoor temperature fluctuations throughout the day. They also assume that the household is operating on a ‘normal’ schedule, where residents are at work/school during the day and asleep at night. Someone with a night shift schedule or someone who stays at home most of the day may not enjoy the increased settings during peak heat hours.
The Most Comfortable Thermostat Settings for Summer
Your home is your safe haven – an oasis that you look forward to being in every day. Using energy efficient thermostat settings may not create a comfortable environment for you. You can use the Energy Star recommendations as a guideline, but modify them to suit your comfort level. For instance, you might set your thermostat to 70 while you are home and 77 while you are away.
Note that increasing your thermostat setting by 1 degree will save an average of 3% on your energy bill. You could try increasing your home’s temperature 1 degree at a time until you reach a balance of comfort and efficiency. Give yourself two or three days to get used to the adjustment, then decide if you want to increase your temperature once again.
Other Ways to Improve Energy Efficiency
Turning up the thermostat is not the only way to improve AC efficiency. There are other adjustments you can make to offset your home’s temperature settings. Here are some ideas to keep in mind:
- Change your air filter frequently. Filter manufacturers recommend changing your filters every 30-60 days, but those times vary based on the factors in your home.
- Keep your outdoor AC unit clean and clear of debris. If you have a maintenance plan, these services will be included in the package.
- Make sure your ceiling fan is turning in the right direction. The blades should move clockwise in the summer to direct air downward.
- Keep air vents clear of furniture, décor, and other blockages. If you have floor vents, make sure nothing gets accidentally set on top of them (blankets, toys, bags, etc.).
- Complete AC repairs in a timely manner. The longer these repairs are left untouched, the worse they will get. You will ultimately save money by taking care of AC repairs right away.
If you would like a professional AC inspection, contact Quality Comfort HVAC at (586) 778-8600. We provide affordable AC repairs in Roseville MI and surrounding areas. Our licensed technicians service all AC makes and models, and we offer emergency services 24/7. Call today to learn how you can improve your home’s climate.