What to Know About the Best Temperature to Set a Thermostat to in SummerIt’s really a smart move, both for your wallet and for the health of your air conditioner, to know the best temperature to set your thermostat to in summer. You, of course, don’t want to run your AC more than you have too, since energy rates in Northern California have been increasing as of late (and paying for cooling costs was never that inexpensive in the first place).
In other words, excessively running your AC all summer long is like putting a lot of miles on your car—and we all know how expensive that can be…Another reason to be wary of using your AC too much is that your air conditioner is a bit like your car: the more you use it, the faster it will wear out. In other words, excessively running your AC all summer long is like putting a lot of miles on your car—and we all know how expensive that can be when it comes time to have repairs done on your motor. Running your AC a more moderate amount can go a long way toward extending the life of your unit.
How to Find the Best Temperature to Set a Thermostat to in SummerQuite honestly, the best temperature to set a thermostat to in summer tends to vary from person to person. Studies about comfort, though, have shown that during the daytime (which is very hot during a Sacramento summer) most folks tend to prefer temperatures between 70 and 75 degrees. I always start these conversations by telling folks they should first set their temperature to 75, and then adjust either way depending on their comfort level—going a degree or two up if they think they can take that, or a degree or two down if they’re feeling intensely warm or uncomfortable. We are, after all, not advocating that you should sit around sweating in your own house!
In California, experts report that the cost per hour can range anywhere from $.14 up to $.24 cents.Numbers vary by AC unit and by house, but experts estimate that the cost of running your AC can add anywhere from $19 to $46 to your utility bills per month. In California, experts report that the cost per hour can range anywhere from $.14 up to $.24 cents. That cost is, of course, directly proportional to how low you have the thermostat set. In other words, if you can pinpoint times to use your thermostat less, it will obviously decrease your bill. The higher you can raise your thermostat, though, the better, at least if you’re the type who wants to save as much money as possible. There’s no shame in setting it lower, though. I’m personally a 74 degrees type of guy; any warmer than that, and I start to wonder why I even have an air conditioner at all.