AC units are fantastic to have during the hot summer months, but many of our clients ask us about the best temperature setting. The answer is highly dependent on personal preference, but there some standards in place to help you guide you when you are determining the best setting for your home.
The two main considerations for your AC temp are:
- Personal comfort level - some people run hot, while others are always cold. If you are on one extreme or the other, your preferred temperature may vary substantially from the average setting.
- Budget - leaving your AC on high all day and night might help you feel really cool but it may also make you feel pretty broke too.
The eco-conscious Energy Star recommends that you not turn your thermostat lower than 78 degrees which is equivalent to a pleasant Spring day. If you find this temperature too warm and are uncomfortable on warm days, there are a few options. The most obvious one is to turn your setting down a few degrees. While this will create a cooler home it will also boost your energy bills. Whenever possible, try using a ceiling fan while keeping the temperature at 78 degrees and see if that helps. Fans utilize a lot less energy and can still have a cooling effect.
If someone in your home has a medical condition that requires that they remain cool, you should adjust the thermostat accordingly. If this causes you an economic hardship, give your utility company a call as many have programs in place to help customers deal with inflated energy bills due to medical requirements.
Always try to use other large appliances, such as the washer and dryer, during the cooler hours in the morning and at night. Dress in lightweight and loose clothing which will also help you to stay cool. The best setting for your AC unit is up to you!