Find Your Optimal Thermostat Setting

In Arizona, 25% percent of residential energy use goes toward air conditioning, which is four times the national average. With the area's 300 days of sunshine, efficient home- and away-settings can generate significant savings, as much as $180 a year.

Here’s how to dial in your thermostat for comfort and savings.

Here’s Energy Star’s Thermostat Recommendation for Your Arizona Home

In warm climates and areas like Mesa that have a long air-conditioning season, Energy Star recommends keeping the thermostat around 78 degrees when you're home and raising the temperature by 5 degrees when you leave. For maximum savings, combine efficient thermostat settings with other energy-saving measures. Ceiling fans make the air feel several degrees cooler, and strategic window coverings can block 77% of solar heat gains.

Finding the Right Balance for You

The purpose of energy-efficient thermostat settings is to save you money and improve your life, not to make you suffer. If your home feels stuffy, feel free to lower the temperature a degree or two. Sleep experts recommend cooler temperatures for optimal rest, so you may benefit from lowering the thermostat at night rather than raising it as Energy Star suggests. Additionally, medical conditions can affect your temperature perception and make you more sensitive to heat or cold. You should also be mindful of pets when selecting temperature settings, especially if you won't be at home to check on them.

Setting Your Thermostat for Savings

Changing your thermostat settings can help you save money day after day. It doesn't cost a thing, and it's simple if you already have a programmable thermostat. Some models will even learn your schedule or adjust the temperature based on your location. For more ways to lower your energy bills, contact Western States Home Services (480) 630-3270.