What Temperature Should I Set My AC to?

Choosing the right temperature for your air conditioner can have a big impact on your summer power bills in Phoenix.

Of course, if you’re living in Phoenix, you might be comfortable with your thermostat set higher than other regions of the US. In an area where temperatures regularly reach above 110°F, what is the best way to set your thermostat?

The Higher, the Better

There is no one right way to set your thermostat since comfort is largely subjective. However, we do know that every degree that you turn your thermostat up can save you 1-2% on your power bill each month. If you can handle having your thermostat set between 82-85°F, you can save a lot of money instead of trying to keep your house down at 75°.

In fact, on the hottest days, even an 85°, your house will still provide you with as much as 20° of relief, feeling plenty cool if you’re coming from outside.

Programming Your Thermostat

If you do prefer your thermostat to be set a bit on the cooler side, there are still some ways you can protect your air conditioner and reduce your power bills. You must keep in mind that the lower you set the temperature, the harder your system will have to work to maintain that level inside your house.

This can lead to excessive wear and tear on your system throughout the summer months.

With regular air conditioning maintenance and a programmable thermostat, you can prolong the life of your system.

For instance, if you find that the best temperature to set the thermostat in summer is 75°, you can program your thermostat to maintain that temperature while you are home, but allow the house to heat up toward 85° while you are away.

This will give you the best of both worlds and is much safer for your air conditioner than turning it off while you’re away.

If you want to make the most of your air conditioner without overspending or paying for hefty repairs, contact Day and Night Air today.

We can help you with your annual Phoenix AC service, inspect your unit for signs of wear, and help you set up your thermostat so that your home will stay at just the right temperature all summer long.

We can also help you find the most economical way to keep your home cool without overworking your system.