Best Thermostat Temperature Settings for Summer
By Laura McElroy

Summer heat is a serious concern both indoors and outdoors. Whereas you can simply stop going out to avoid the heat from the sun, managing the indoor heat is both a challenge and costly. Setting your air conditioning to suit your family needs can be a tough call and that is why a smart gadget can help. 

Thermostats are good at regulating the working of ACs and can assist in setting the appropriate temperature for your family home and using smart programmable thermostats is even better, 

Optimize cooling efforts

How do you optimize cooling efforts to get the best out of your air conditioning system without escalating energy costs? If you set up other accessories in the house to sustain temperature levels, your HVAC unit will consume less energy to cool your home. 

Start by blocking out sunlight to prevent external heat by using blinds or any other material and caulk the windows to seal against seepage. Install weather stripping in doorways and ceiling fans to enhance cooling efficiency. 

You might want to limit the use of heat-generating appliances during the day as well. These measures can greatly augment the efficiency of the cooling system, allow for a better and cost-efficient thermostat setting. 

What temperature works for your family?

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers suggest a preferred temperature of between 73F and 79F for occupants dressed lightly. However, this may not be necessary or suitable for your family. So, experiment with your thermostat setting starting at a higher reading and reducing by say 2 points until the family protests and you scale back up one step. 

Use a PTAC Quick Finder when shopping for a good thermostat unit for your home needs. PTAC Inc. specializes in the supply of new and refurbished cooling and heating solutions.

Install a programmable thermostat

You are going to realize that you may need different settings at different times in the house. This can pose a challenge with the possibility of leaving the wrong setting on as you go to bed or leave the house. 

The solution is to go for a smart programmable thermostat that you can enter multiple settings for different times. Once you have established the settings that work for you in summer or any other time, you can program these into your thermostat for convenience.

Humidity effect on thermostat settings

Humidity levels affect temperature differently at the same setting on your thermostat. A temperature setting can be comfortable at one time with humidity levels of 50 percent and yet extremely uncomfortable at 90 percent. Use a dehumidifier and fans to support the air conditioning effort to avoid raising thermostat settings and save on energy costs. 

Home and away settings

To maintain efficiency, you must have two settings for when you are at home and when you are away. This stabilizes the temperature in the house and you only need to make a small variation without spiking air conditioning load. 

While at home, the US Department of Energy recommends a 78F thermostat setting for cool temperature and energy cost savings. When away from home, it is recommended to set your thermostat at about 10 points higher for better efficiency

There are variables involved when setting your home temperature during summer or winter, for that matter. There is the issue of family preferences and the need to conserve energy and save some dollars. You will have to balance these competing interests to come up with what works for you. However, one thing you cannot do without is a smart programmable thermostat.


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