The thermostat in your home is a device that’s easy to abuse. When it gets hot outdoors, it’s tempting to turn the thermostat down as low as it can go to combat the heat. When it gets too cold, you can just turn the thermostat back up. However, this is an energy-wasting approach to handling the thermostat settings, and half the time you’ll either be too hot or too cold. To help you save money on your cooling bills, we recommend adjusting these thermostat settings in your home during the summer season.
How to Set Your Thermostat: Tips, Benefits, & Temperatures
Keep Thermostat on a Single Setting to Prevent Damage
There is no single recommended thermostat setting for all situations, but there are some good guidelines. First, it’s best to have the thermostat stay on a single setting for a long stretch. This prevents the compressor on the air conditioner from turning on and off repeatedly, which is a major power drain and also places a heavier strain on the components, leading to future air conditioning repair problems and even a shortened service life. In most cases, we recommend one thermostat setting for the day when people are home, and a second setting for the evening when people are asleep or when the house is empty. (This is where having a programmable thermostat is extremely helpful.)
What is a Good Temperature to Set Your Thermostat in the Summer?
Recommend Daytime Temperature
The recommended temperature to set your thermostat to throughout the day is 78°F. The closer the indoor temperature is to the outdoor temperature, the slower heat enters the home. This setting slows down heat gain and is comfortable for most people. If you find that it’s too hot, we suggest adjusting the thermostat settings by a few degrees and then raising it one degree each day until the household is acclimatized.
Recommended Evening Temperature
In the evening or periods when the house is empty, we recommend increasing the temperature settings on the thermostat by 8 to 10°F. This will help conserve power and is sufficient for the cooler night temperatures. Following these steps can help you save between 10% and 25% off your cooling bills for the summer.
Heating & Cooling Services Near You
If you have a question about the recommended thermostat settings for the summer months, call a member on our team. The HVAC contractors at WM Henderson provide dependable, fast, and safe HVAC services for areas in Pennsylvania including Conshohocken, Coatesville, Broomall, and West Chester. We provide heating and cooling services such as air conditioning repair, heat pump installation, ductless mini-split system replacement, and furnace repair.
WM Henderson has been providing affordable HVAC solutions to homeowners in Pennsylvania since 1977. Each of the technicians on our team has been provided with the proper tools and technical skills to resolve basic to advanced heating and air conditioning problems. Give our team a call by phone at (484) 206-8594 or schedule an appointment on our site to receive help.