During summer here in the St. Louis Metro East area, homeowners often have two conflicting desires: they want their homes to be as comfortable as possible but they also want to keep their energy bills under control. One of the main factors to influence both of these things is your home’s thermostat settings. Today we’re going to provide you with recommended thermostat settings for summer to help you figure out the best temperature levels for your home!
What’s the most comfortable summer thermostat setting?
As we’re sure any family can attest, the most comfortable home temperature is up to personal preference. Some people love the bitter cold during a hot summer day while others enjoy a milder indoor environment. In general, however, people say they feel most comfortable at about 72 degrees. But is this the best thermostat setting for energy savings?
What are the best thermostat settings for energy savings?
The EPA offers energy-saving recommendations for thermostat settings that exceed the 72 degrees we mentioned above. For maximum energy savings, they recommend setting your at-home temperature at 78 degrees. In addition, the EPA suggests that you raise your thermostat about 10 degrees when you’re away from home.
What are our recommended thermostat settings?
Here at Tiger, we want you to conserve energy but we also want to ensure that your air conditioner is keeping your home comfortable. To find a happy medium, we suggest setting your thermostat at 78 degrees and seeing how you feel. Is that too warm? Then try lowering your thermostat one degree at a time until you find a comfortable level that everyone in your family can agree with.
No matter what temperature you settle on, we encourage you to raise your thermostat when you’re away from home (as we mentioned above). This will help cut energy costs during the times of day that cool air is not required in your home. The easiest way to do this is to install a programmable thermostat!
If you have any questions about these recommended thermostat settings for summer, or if you’d like a cooling system serviced or installed in your home, contact Tiger, your Glen Carbon plumbing, heating and air conditioning company.