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What Temperature Should I Have My AC Set At?

AC Optimal Settings

Saving money while still running your air conditioning system might seem like a contradiction but setting it to the best temperature for your home can be energy efficient. The optimal AC temperature will keep your home comfortable while using less energy. Here’s the lowdown on efficient summer cooling.

The Best Temperature to Set Your Thermostat

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the ideal temperature for your home thermostat during the hot summer months is 78°. You’ll keep your house from getting sweltering without using an enormous amount of energy to keep it ice-cold.

Making it Comfortable While Saving Money

While 78° might be ideal for some, it’s too warm for many. If your house feels a little hot and stuffy with the temperature set that high, there are some things you can do to make it comfortable while still watching your energy use.

  • Turn on those ceiling fans! They should spin in a counterclockwise direction for the best cooling effect. Ceiling fans will cool the room without turning down the thermostat.
  • Turn the AC up to 78° while you’re away and cool it off when you’re home.
  • Invest in a smart programmable thermostat, so you don’t have to change the temperature setting multiple times a day manually. You’ll use less energy and save money without compromising your cool, comfortable home.  

The best way to know what temperature to set your AC this summer is by talking to your local HVAC professional. Contact the team at H.H. Hovey Heating and Cooling for more tips to increase your energy efficiency and decrease your energy costs without sacrificing comfort.

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