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What is the Recommended Temperature to have your AC Set at?

We find different temperatures to be comfortable throughout our homes, but most Western New York homeowners want to find a balance between comfort and higher energy bills.

The warmer weather is here and many Western New York homeowners are ready to turn on their air conditioning, if they haven’t already. Air conditioning gives an escape from the late spring and summer heat and helps to remove humidity from the air. Setting your air conditioner too low, could lead to increased energy bills and put extra work on your AC unit. What is the recommended temperature to have your AC set at?

We find different temperatures to be comfortable throughout our homes, but most Western New York homeowners want to find a balance between comfort and higher energy bills. We are here to help.

Recommended Temperature to have your AC Set at

To stay comfortable and save money in the warmer months, the U.S. Department of Energy recommends setting your thermostat to 78°F (26°C) when you are home. Setting your air conditioner to this temperature will allow you to stay cool and avoid a high electricity bill. If you still find yourself looking for relief, you can invest in a dehumidifier to keep cool air in your home and help remove humidity.

Tips to Maximize Cooling Efforts in Your Western New York Home

Many homeowners likely think that the recommended temperature to have your AC set at, of 78°F, sounds uncomfortably high; however, you can help your air conditioner provide better cooling for less energy by preventing warm air from getting into your home and cool air from escaping.

Follow the below tips to keep your home cool and comfortable all year long:

– Use window treatments that obstruct sunlight and prevent heat from entering through your windows.

– Install fresh or replace old weather-stripping and caulk around doors and windows to keep your home sealed.

– Limit use of appliances that generate heat, like the oven and stove, until after 8PM. When possible, try to grill outside.

– Install ceiling fans to increase cooling efficiency.

Replace cooling units with energy-efficient models.

Humidity is Key

When keeping your AC at higher temperatures in the warmer months, you may not be impacted by the heat, but the humidity may be key to your lack of discomfort.

Air conditioners work extremely well at reducing the relative humidity in your home. If you’re counting on your AC to tackle the humidity, make sure your unit isn’t too big for your home, because the system will only need to run for a short time to cool the house, and won’t be on long enough to remove all of the moisture in the air.

The EPA recommends an ideal humidity level of 30-50 percent during the warmer months, in Western New York, to prevent mold and unwanted pests. Staying within this humidity level will also keep you more comfortable. A dehumidifier can help you achieve lower humidity if you want to save your AC unit some of the burden.

Programmable Thermostat

We have previously talked about the value of a programmable thermostat and how they are a great addition to any home. When it comes to keeping your Western New York home at the recommended temperature, a programmable thermostat is the easiest way to do so.

The U.S. Department of Energy says you can save at least 10% a year on heating and cooling costs by having a programmable thermostat. By using a programmable thermostat, you can adjust the times you turn on the heating or air conditioning in your Western New York home by having a pre-set schedule. Programmable thermostats can store and repeat multiple daily settings.


Whether you choose to follow the recommended temperature to have your AC set at or not, Duffett Plumbing, Heating & AC is your team for reliable AC service in Hamburg, NY.

When the weather heats up, our team gets down to business. We fix, tune up, and replace air conditioners here in Hamburg and Erie County. No matter how hot it gets outside, our friendly, experienced techs are ready to help with all your cooling needs. Contact us today.