What's the Right Thermostat Setting for Summer in Scottsdale?

Best thermostat setting for summer in PhoenixIt’ll soon be summertime–you didn’t think we’d skip a year, did you? If you’re dreading the summer heat in Arizona–and especially what it’ll do to your wallet in the form of air conditioning expenses–you’re not the only one.

Did you know, though, that your current thermostat settings may be the culprit in your high energy bills during the summer? That’s right–the wrong thermostat setting for summer may be costing you money.

Here is a rundown of the recommended thermostat settings so that you can stay cool this summer without sweating every time you see your utility bill in the mail.

Let’s get started!

The Biggest Error Made with Thermostats

Many people in Scottsdale make the mistake of lowering their thermostats down to the coldest settings possible whenever their homes feel too warm.

Yes, standard thermostats can easily go down to only 60 degrees Fahrenheit. But no, you should not use this setting.

Here’s why.

First, a cold setting doesn’t make your air conditioner unit work faster or harder to deliver cooling. Instead, it makes your air conditioner’s compressor run for longer periods until your thermostat has detected that the goal temperature has been attained.

This is a waste of power and will only lead to a home that is ultra cold, not comfortable.

Another reason why you shouldn’t keep your thermostat at too low of a temperature? The greater the temperature difference between your home’s internal and external environment, the more quickly your home will gain heat.

If you set your thermostat to a higher temperature, you essentially close the gap between your home’s interior and exterior temperatures. As a result, heat doesn’t enter your home as quickly.

This ultimately makes it far easier for you to maintain a cooler indoor temperature without forcing your air conditioner’s compressor to run constantly.

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Programmable Thermostats

If you want to make your Scottsdale home truly eco-friendly, investing in a programmable thermostat is the way to go.

Although these thermostats can seem confusing, taking time to learn them and set the programs correctly can lead to huge energy savings and help you to reduce your environmental footprint.

And the best part? You can do all of this without having to make daily adjustments.

Here are a few recommended thermostat settings for your programmable thermostat.

Temperature Adjustment

First, allow half an hour for temperature adjustment to take place. In other words, program the thermostat to a higher temperature half an hour prior to transitional times. Transitional times include after you wake up, before bedtime, returning home from work at night, and leaving for your job in the morning.

Temperature Testing

Test various temperatures to figure out what your comfort threshold is. Increase your thermostat by a degree, allowing your temperature to adjust accordingly until you’ve found a setting that is comfortable for your household.

Note that even a two- to three-degree change can lead to cost savings and enhanced energy efficiency. Once you’ve found your comfort level, set this for the time period you’re awake at home.

Schedule Programming

If you can, take time to schedule a program. Some thermostats will let you change your temperature schedule based on the day.

For instance, you can adjust the thermostat according to when you’re at home versus out running errands or taking the children to their soccer game on Saturday mornings.

Take advantage of this feature to make your home as energy efficient as possible.

Taking Vacations into Consideration

Turn off your thermostat when you plan to be away from home for an extended period of time. Then, program the thermostat so that your air conditioner switches on about an hour prior to your return.

Air Circulation

Also, circulate your home’s indoor air using your thermostat when the outdoor temperature is unusually low. This will make your house cooler without the need to air condition your home.

Manual Thermostats

If your home has a manual thermostat, here are some recommended thermostat settings and other tips related to these types of devices.

Increase Your Thermostat Temperature

Turn your thermostat up between five and eight degrees Fahrenheit around half an hour before you have to go to work in the morning. In this way, your home is comfortable during the morning but decrease your energy usage during the daytime when nobody is home.

Keep Your Blinds Closed

When you’re away from home, keep your blinds drawn. This will minimize the quantity of sunlight–and the heat from it–that can enter your home.

Boost the Temperature at Night

Increase your home’s temperature a few degrees at night while you’re in bed.

Your body temperature naturally drops a couple of degrees when you’re asleep. So, simply keeping the covers off of you or using only a light sheet or blanket will help you to stay cool without having to depend on your air conditioner to do the job for you.

Vacation Time Adjustments

Just as you would with a programmable thermostat, be sure to switch your thermostat off when you leave for vacation. Then, have a trusted family member or neighbor turn your thermostat back on right before you return home.

Additional Tips

You can still take some extra steps to maximize your thermostat’s potential. For instance, you can do the following:

  • Clean the areas around your air vents and condenser
  • Change your home’s air filter regularly
  • Shut your doors and vents in any rooms you don’t use
  • Allow a fan to run to circulate cool air in your house

Just these simple moves can go a long way in beating the heat and making your home greener this summer in Scottsdale.

How We Can Help

We offer top-quality air conditioner maintenance services, as we understand how critical it is to keep your cooling system in tip-top shape with summer fast approaching.

We can also go over the recommended thermostat settings with you.

Contact us to find out more about how we can help you to save money and live more comfortably this scorching summer season in Scottsdale.

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About the Author

Chris Hays

Founder of Hays Cooling, Heating & Plumbing

Chris and Stacia Hays, are the founders of Hays Cooling, Heating & Plumbing; a family operated HVAC company in Phoenix founded in 2001 that services both commercial and residential customers. Chris leads a team of certified technicians who have over 45 years of combined experience and has earned and A+ rating with the BBB and a strong five star rating online. Hays Cooling, Heating & Plumbing focuses on providing support to their customers every step of the way, with exceptional service and competitive prices. If you are looking for top-notch air conditioning and heating service, contact Hays today.