Running your AC constantly during the summer is kind of inevitable. Naturally, you need it to keep your home cool and comfortable. But with continuous AC use also comes high energy bills. So, how should you set your thermostat? Can homeowners use a more energy-efficient AC setting to help with energy consumption while still staying comfortable in their homes? Learn from Fairfield-Hamilton Heating & Cooling as we guide you through different factors to find your perfect AC temperature. 


The Recommended AC Setting: 

The US Department of Energy recommends setting your thermostat to 78° during the summer for optimal energy savings. However, it’s important to note that individual preferences may vary, and there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. We believe that finding the right way to stay cool and comfortable while saving energy this season might require some experimentation on your part. 

The Best Method to Pinpoint Your Ideal AC Setting: 

Finding your most optimal temperature will require a bit of experimentation on your end. But starting with the recommended temperature of 78°F is a good idea. You can set your thermostat to this temperature for a few hours and see if everyone in your household is comfortable with it. To find the best temperature for your home, adjust it one or two degrees at a time based on everyone’s reaction. Keep in mind that the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers suggests the average temperature for homes is between 73°F to 79°F. Setting your thermostat to a lower temperature will result in a higher energy bill, so consider this when finding the perfect temperature for you and your home. 

The Best AC Setting to Use When You’re Away from Home: 

If you’re planning to go on a summer vacation or trip, it’s important to consider the temperature setting of your thermostat while you’re away. You’ll want to save energy, but you don’t want to risk damage to your belongings by setting the temperature too high. As a general guideline, it’s recommended to raise your thermostat by 10 degrees from your usual summer temperature when you’re not home. 

The Best Thermostat to Conserve Energy: 

Using a smart thermostat can help you save energy. If you often forget to raise the temperature before leaving for a trip, you can use a smart thermostat to adjust the temperature from your phone, making it more convenient. You can use a smart or programmable thermostat to adjust the temperature setting of your home before your return from vacation. This will make your home comfortable and help you save energy. If you don’t already have one, feel free to call us, and we can provide more information about installation. 

Saving energy costs while staying cool is achievable with adequate information and a bit of experimentation. You can discover the ideal temperature for your home during the summer with some trial and error.

Do you have any further questions? Feel free to call Fairfield-Hamilton Heating & Cooling today at (513) 540-1716 or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here


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