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What’s the Best Temperature to Set My Thermostat at During the Summer?  - Rick's Heating and Cooling

What’s the Best Temperature to Set My Thermostat at During the Summer? 

May 31, 2019

Air conditioning is the best way to beat the heat and humidity of a Cincinnati summer, but the key to managing your comfort and budget is to find the right temperature settings throughout the day and night. The lower you set the thermostat the higher your energy bills will be, but with a few simple changes and the right equipment, you can stay cool without breaking the bank.

Setting Your Thermostat When You’re at Home

During those times that you are at home and awake, the U.S. Department of Energy recommends setting your thermostat to 78 degrees. This temperature allows your home to remain cool while keeping energy consumption low and relative indoor humidity levels in check. For maximum savings allow your AC to remain at the same temperature for periods of eight hours or more.

Setting Your Thermostat While You’re Away

Further savings can be had by keeping your home several degrees warmer when you are asleep or away. Set your thermostat to 85 degrees while you are at work or school and 82 degrees while your family sleeps. For every degree you raise the set temperature on your AC for periods of eight hours or more, you can save one percent or more on the cost of energy.

Benefits of a Programmable Thermostat

Control your indoor environment with a programmable thermostat, which is designed to automatically adjust the temperature of your home based on a series of pre-programmed settings for each 24-hour period. Choose the type and model that is right for your unique lifestyle, with options that include Wi-Fi connectivity, adaptive technology, vacation settings, and more. In addition to the cost savings, benefits of a programmable thermostat include:


Setting your thermostat each spring and fall allows you to adjust for seasonal changes, and you never have to worry about remembering to raise or lower the temperature before you leave the house or climb into bed.


Programmable thermostats are ideal in any type of setting, including multi-level homes, vacation homes, and commercial buildings. Models range from basic to feature-rich and are based on one of the following formats:

  • 7-day  Best for families who operate on a different schedule each day of the week.
  • 5 + 2 day  Settings can be adjusted to suit both the work week and weekend.
  • 5 + 1 + 1 day – Ideal for those who have different schedules on Saturdays and Sundays.

Enhanced Comfort

By scheduling any temperature changes to occur 30 minutes before you awaken or arrive home your indoor environment will be at your ideal setpoint, and any necessary changes can be made to your smart thermostat over the phone or your internet connection.

Tips to Keep Your Home Cool

Increase the comfort and efficiency of your home and AC with these tips:

  • Turn on a fan. Use ceiling or floor fans when a room is occupied to enhance air movement, but turn them off when empty to avoid wasting energy.
  • Schedule routine maintenance. An annual HVAC tune-up can help keep your AC operating at peak performance for maximum savings and comfort.
  • Cook outdoors. Avoid heating up your interior by grilling outdoors instead of using the oven or stovetop.

Schedule AC Service in Morrow, OH

The team of certified professionals at Rick’s Heating & Cooling has been providing top quality products and services to homeowners throughout Morrow and the surrounding Cincinnati area since 1986.

Call us today at (513) 899-6005 to schedule an appointment or contact us online and let us know how we can help.