What Thermostat Temperature Setting Should I Use in the Summer?

In this day and age, every little bit you do to help the environment helps. Conserving energy is one of the major global concerns, and those efforts start right there in your home. But when the summer comes, many homeowners don’t give a second though about how they use and abuse their air conditioner.

After all, who wants to spend the summer sweating in a scorching hot home?

But conserving energy is not the only thing you gain by using your thermostat wisely. Not only will you be helping the environment, you will be saving a lot on your electrical bill.

Did I get your attention?

Read on to find out what seasoned experts like Hughes Air consider is the ideal thermostat setting for summer and what you can do to significantly cut down your electrical bill during the hottest season.

What is the Ideal Thermostat Temperature for the Summer?

As the Department of Energy advises, setting the thermostat under 78 degrees can increase your bill for as much as three percent per each degree. With that in mind, when you’re not at home you should set your thermostat to 78 to 82 degrees, and dial it down to between 74 and 78 when you get back home.

Naturally, if the temperature over 78 feels comfortable, you should absolutely set it higher as this will save you more on the electric bill.

When you’re away, feel free to set the temperature around 5 degrees warmer or around 83 degrees. Your pets and house plants won’t mind the little extra heat and you’ll be saving a significate amount of money.

When you sleep your body temperature naturally drops, so your body won’t mind a hotter thermostat setting during the night. Try to set the temperature to the same setting as you do when you’re away and see if you’ll have any trouble sleeping or feel any discomfort.

Get a Programmable Thermostat

Programmable thermostats are the ideal solution that can help you save without sacrificing any of your comfort. Programmable thermostats allow you to set up a scheduled cooling program without having to change the temperature throughout the day yourself.

Depending on the make, programmable thermostats can change the temperature settings automatically six times a day. You can manually override them at any time without interrupting the program you’ve set for the week.

One of the most common and handy uses of a programmable thermostat is setting it to cool your home just before you come back to work every day. That way you can save a lot on cooling throughout the day and still come back to a comfortable shelter from the heat.

For even more savings look into smart thermostat. The advanced offspring of the programmable thermostat, these devices can pick up on your habits and adjust the temperature completely automatically. In most cases, these thermostats are linked to your home Wi-Fi so you can access them from your mobile device, wherever you are.

Contact Hughes Air Heating & Cooling at 220 W 6th Ave, Mesa, AZ 85210, USA; 480-247-6927 or visit

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