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What Temperature to Set your Thermostat in The Summer

Written on: August 14, 2023

Stay cool while keeping energy costs down!

thermostat settings South Shore, ma With the hot weather this summer, you may be having problems keeping your home cool.

Williams Energy offers comprehensive solutions for cooling your home. Whether you need to add air conditioning to your home or upgrade from inefficient window A/C units, we have you covered. Our team of skilled technicians specializes in professional central air conditioning installation and ductless mini-split system installation. Additionally, we provide maintenance and repair services to keep your system operating at its best.

Knowing to set your thermostat correctly for your central air conditioning or ductless mini-split system is crucial. This not only lowers energy expenses but also prevents unnecessary strain on your cooling system. By optimizing your settings, you can strike a balance between comfort and efficiency, ensuring a well-maintained and cost-effective cooling experience.

We have compiled valuable information to help you enhance your summer comfort while minimizing energy costs.

What is the best thermostat setting?

The U.S. Department of Energy offers valuable guidelines for optimizing your thermostat settings, allowing you to conserve energy, reduce costs, and prevent your bills from soaring during the summer months.

The Department of Energy recommends adjusting your thermostat by 7°F for eight hours a day during the cooling season to save 10% on energy costs. Since cooling makes up around half of your summer energy costs, this can result in significant savings. You can verify this by reviewing your energy bills from last summer.

Save energy with a new thermostat

If you’re still relying on an outdated thermostat with a dial, it’s worth considering an upgrade to a smart or programmable one. This simple investment can greatly enhance your air conditioning usage, maximizing efficiency and comfort.

You can easily find programmable or smart thermostats at local home improvement stores or online. With a WiFi or cellular connection, you can conveniently monitor and control your HVAC system from your smartphone or tablet using a smart thermostat. These advanced thermostats even have the ability to learn your family’s cooling and heating preferences and make adjustments accordingly. Moreover, certain smart thermostats can provide notifications if your HVAC system needs servicing.

Programmable and smart thermostats are helpful in reducing energy costs. They eliminate the need to remember turning off the A/C while leaving home by programming them. To maximize the effectiveness of your programmable or smart thermostat during summer, you can follow these Department of Energy tips.

Set your A/C to automatically turn off 20-30 minutes before you leave home daily, and then to return to a comfortable temperature 20 to 30 minutes before you return.  For a good night’s sleep, program a gradual reduction in cooling starting 60 minutes before bedtime and set it to return to a comfortable level 30 minutes before you wake up.

You have the flexibility to set multiple schedules for your central air conditioning or mini-split. This allows you to effortlessly customize the unit’s operation based on your needs. For instance, when you’re planning a weekend getaway or a longer summer vacation, you can conveniently program the unit to automatically switch off when you leave and turn back on about an hour before you return home. As a result, your home will be pleasantly cool and comfortable by the time you arrive.

Williams Energy is the South Shore’s leader for air conditioning and mini-split installation and service. Contact us today for a FREE estimate!