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Finding Your Comfort Zone: The Best Thermostat Temperature Settings During the Summer Months

August is here but summer is not quite over. In the Ozarks, we are pretty much guaranteed for at least two more warm months. Research predicts in time we may have six months of summer. That’s good news for summer lovers. 

But when it’s hot and humid, no matter your favorite season, we know that finding the ideal thermostat temperature setting can be tricky. While everyone’s preferences vary, here are some general guidelines to help you strike the perfect balance between comfort, energy efficiency, and cost-effectiveness during the summer months. 

Optimal Temperature Range

The optimal thermostat temperature setting during the summer typically falls between 72°F and 78°F (22°C – 26°C). Within this range, most people can maintain a comfortable indoor environment without overburdening their air conditioning system or incurring excessive energy bills. However, it’s essential to consider your personal comfort level and adjust accordingly.

Balancing Energy Efficiency and Comfort

Setting your thermostat at the higher end of the recommended range (around 78°F) can significantly improve energy efficiency and help you save on utility bills. When you’re away from home, according to the US Department of Energy on their consumer resource website, cranking your thermostat up “7°-10°F for 8 hours a day from its normal setting” might save you 10% on your utility bill. So by using a slightly higher temperature setting, and we’d suggest implementing ceiling fans or box fans, you can still enjoy a comfortable living space while reducing your carbon footprint.

Consider Nighttime Adjustments

The cooler night temperatures during the summer provide an excellent opportunity to save on cooling costs. Opening windows and allowing fresh air to circulate can help cool down your home naturally. And for those averse to breathing in conditioned air 24-7, it literally gives you a breather. If you live in an area with a significant temperature drop at night, you can turn off the air conditioning entirely, provided there’s not high humidity. Not only will these methods reduce your energy consumption, but it can also lead to better sleep and increased comfort.

Use Fans to Complement Your AC

As we mentioned above, ceiling fans and portable fans are a great addition to your cooling strategy. By using fans in combination with your air conditioning system, you can probably feel good about raising the thermostat setting a degree or two without compromising comfort. Remember to turn off fans when you leave a room or leave the house. 

Maintain Your Cooling System

A well-maintained air conditioning system operates more efficiently and effectively, which can positively impact your thermostat settings. Regularly clean or replace filters, ensure proper insulation around ducts, and schedule routine maintenance checks to keep your AC unit in top shape. A neglected system will struggle to reach your desired temperature, leading to unnecessary energy consumption and higher bills.

During the summer months, finding the best thermostat temperature setting is crucial for your comfort and overall well-being. Striking a balance between energy efficiency and comfort can lead to reduced utility bills and a more sustainable lifestyle. Consider turning the thermostat down significantly when you’re not home, utilize fans strategically, and make the most of cooler nighttime temperatures. By taking these measures and maintaining your cooling system, you can create a cool, comfortable, and cost-effective indoor environment all summer long.

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