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What Temperature Should You Set the Air Conditioner in the Summer?

A hand touching a smart thermostat that reads, "cool set to 70."

During the sweltering summer months in humid climates like Cayman, almost nothing is more enjoyable than spending time in your air-conditioned home. After all, nothing beats the feeling of cool air. Unfortunately, blasting your air conditioning isn’t always the best decision, as this can lead to a sudden, unexpected spike in your electricity bills.

So, what temperature should you set the air conditioner in the summer if you want to stay cool while being mindful of your energy consumption? There are several settings you’ll want to consider. Let’s answer this question below so that you can know the ideal thermostat setting for summer.

What’s the Best Overall Temperature?

When outdoor temperatures are on the rise, the air conditioners in our homes take center stage. Whether you have a central air conditioning system or a ductless mini split unit that cools your home throughout the year, it’s easy to put your thermostat on the lowest setting and forget about it for the rest of the season. However, this can take a toll on your energy consumption — and your wallet.

So, what temperature should you set the air conditioner in the summer for energy savings while maintaining decent comfort levels? A good starting point is 78 degrees Fahrenheit or the highest comfortable setting with the fan switch on “AUTO”. When you leave for work you can increase the temperature to 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Now, you may be wondering, “Why should I set my air conditioner that high?” Well, when it comes down to it, this is an ideal temperature for energy savings. These savings can add up over time, which can help you save money in the long run.

Additionally, if you’re planning to spend long periods of time away from your home, it’s recommended that your thermostat setting for summer should be around 82 degrees Fahrenheit. It is not recommended to turn the air conditioner off completely. With this indoor temperature, you can save energy while you’re out of town and keep control of the indoor air humidity. It can be tempting to save big on your utility bill when off on vacation but doing so presents the risk of microbial growth developing. This can be a health hazard as well as cause extensive damage to your home.

Something to be mindful of is that thermostat temperature readings are often not accurate. If you think your thermostat may be reading higher or lower than the actual temperature, have a service technician verify the temperature on your next preventive air conditioning maintenance visit. Our technicians have high quality psychrometers that measure temperatures more accurately than thermostats.

What’s an Optimal Nighttime Temperature?

It’s no secret that many people find it hard to sleep when their bedroom feels too hot and humid. What temperature should you set the air conditioner in the summer when you sleep? Generally speaking, you’ll most likely want to aim for temperature settings of about 72 to 76 degrees Fahrenheit. This is very much a personal preference but usually 74 degrees Fahrenheit is a comfortable temperature for sleeping.

How Else Can You Keep Cool?

Now that we’ve discussed the ideal thermostat setting for summer, you might be wondering how else you can increase your energy costs without sacrificing comfort. If you’re interested in keeping your thermostat at a higher temperature, we have some tips you can use to maximize your energy savings.

Ceiling Fans

Initially, you might think that running your AC unit and ceiling fans at the same time will waste a significant amount of energy. However, that really isn’t the case. All-in-all, running ceiling fans doesn’t consume a lot of energy. In fact, operating fans in tandem with your air conditioning system can make your home more energy efficient.

When you set your thermostat at a higher temperature, you can make up for the lack of comfort with your ceiling fans. These fans are designed to create a “wind chill effect,” which can make a room feel cooler than it actually is. In the end, you can increase your energy savings while maintaining a comfortable indoor environment.

Blackout Curtains

If you’re looking for even more energy-saving tips, you might want to consider investing in blackout curtains. These curtains will prevent the sun from shining through your windows during peak hours, which will then allow you to keep your thermostat in a higher setting.

Even if you don’t want to invest in blackout curtains, simply closing your regular curtains or blinds can help. The overarching goal is to keep the sun from beating down on your windows. This way, you won’t have to increase the temperature on your thermostat to combat the excessive heat coming in through your windows.

Of course, one of the best ways to keep cool and lower your energy bills is to invest in a new, energy-efficient cooling system. At Polar Bear, we can help you with an efficient AC installation in Grand Cayman that meets your home’s needs and increases your energy savings.

Stay Cool With Help From Polar Bear!

It can be incredibly tough to find the perfect thermostat setting for summer, especially if you’ve been feeling torn between keeping your home cool and keeping your energy bills low. However, you don’t have to sacrifice one for the other. Hopefully, you now know what temperature you should set the air conditioner in the summer — during the day and at night.

If you need help installing or repairing your air conditioning system, turn to Polar Bear for assistance. We specialize in a broad range of specialties, from AC installations to smart thermostats, to ensure you’re never in discomfort.

Are you ready to see what our experts can do for you? Contact us today to schedule your air conditioning repair service in the Cayman Islands!

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Glenn Robertson
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Larry Tibbetts
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Lucy Renault
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Kerrion Malcom
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Thank you Travis for your exceptional services. Travis was very thorough in ensuring that my AC issue was resolved. He was very professional and very approachable, ensuring all my questions were answered and all my concerns addressed.
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Pam Douglas
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Demiko Dracket
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Have always had great service from Polar Bear Air Conditioning. Travis, who serviced today, was sure to note any concerns during the servicing as well as suggestions to keep our unit in full operation.Will continue to have Polar Bear as our service provider for our AC.
D Mclaughlin
D Mclaughlin
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The Polar Bear team has demonstrated exceptional service when we called them. We extend our gratitude to the following: Octavia for conducting a comprehensive diagnosis of our AC issue; Kieran for confirming the diagnosis and ensuring that all procedures were carried out to a superior standard. Additionally, to Marcel, Nathan, and Jerome who efficiently installed and completed the necessary tasks in a timely manner.
Vivia Mcleod
Vivia Mcleod
1703021249
Today, Roemaine and his assistant came to our house to service our AC. We were very impressed with the way they worked. Roemaine was very professional, respectful, and helpful. Going way beyond our expectations to ensure that we were very satisfied and happy. This is a busy time for us as we prepare for the holidays but they were so unobtrusive, that we were able to get on with our tasks as if they were not there. Thanks very much for such great service, Roemaine and Polar Bear. Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas, and continued productivity and prosperity in 2024.
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Steven Da Silva
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Joanne P
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Kieran, Marcelo, Natan and Jerome were great throughout the replacement of my A/c units. Professional, knowledgeable, neat and courteous!.. I started using Polar for a washing machine repair and now I will use them for everything!
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Sheena Bunton
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Great customer service from Octavia and her work partner, his name slipped me now. They arrived on time and explained all the work they did and even made suggestions to improve my air condition systems and vents going forward.Thank you.
K Woods
K Woods
1699706179
Octavia and Billy were both professional and explained the situations as they continued forth. I would like to keep them on my repair and service team going forward.Kieran was thorough and followed up with the diagnosis and I am waiting for the quotes for equipment and install.
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Jack B
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Marcia Laudert
1698326646
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Wendy Yeomans
1695998316
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1693066854
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John Thistle
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I recently had my air conditioning unit installed by Polar Bear Air Conditioning in Cayman Kai. I was very pleased with the service I received. The workmen, Jerome, Tony, and Nathan, were all professional and courteous. They arrived on time and were dressed in their uniforms. They laid out carpeting where they would be walking inside the house to avoid leaving debris or making a mess. They worked clean and kept the space tidy. They were polite and provided me a good understanding of the work they completed as well as showed me all pieces of equipment. They emailed me a jpg image of each piece of equipment's information plate so that I could record it in my home management software, as requested.Here are some specific details about the work they did:They installed 3 new high-efficiency air conditioning units that are much more energy-efficient (26 SEER) than my old units.They cleaned and disinfected the air ducts, as well as replaced previously installed flex ducts with rigid duct work that is superior in efficiency and durability.They installed new filters to help keep the air clean and free of allergens.They explained the operation of the new units to me and answered all of my questions.They cleaned up after themselves and left my home in good condition.I would highly recommend Polar Bear Air Conditioning to anyone in need of air conditioning installation or service. They are a professional and reliable company that provides excellent customer service.
Charles Mobley
Charles Mobley
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Our ac stopped working a few weeks ago and Polar Bear sent Roemaine and Tyrone to diagnose the problem. Roemaine and Tyrone very quickly identified the problem and communicated with me. It turns out the best option was replacing the condensing unit which Paul quoted within a matter of minutes and they had expert installation team (Tony and Jerome) complete late in the afternoon with short notice. I’m very happy with their work!
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lisa jackson
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Tony and Jerome were such amazing technicians during my first service with Polar Bear AC! They were diligent and very hardworking while also being extremely careful and considerate with the home during an AC unit dismantlement and full new installation of a downstairs home AC unit. They were very clean and tidy as they worked with protective carpet through the house and cleaned up throughly when the job was done. They were an example of best kind of people who taking pride and care as they completed their work. They did such an excellent job, i couldn't recommend them enough for future jobs!!!!! thank you Tony and Jerome for a job well done.
Dana Parsons
Dana Parsons
1680201826
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jamaal anderson
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Professional, timely, flexible, great customer service.I wish to thank Polar bear for the excellent service provided for ac work at my apartment. I truly impressed with the attention to detail and quality of work. I would happily recommend them to potential clients.
Rebecca Paull
Rebecca Paull
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Octavia is very professional and it's a pleasure to see her when she comes to work on our AC systems. Polar Bear is extremely responsive to emails and phone calls and they provide a great service.
TQ
TQ
1677086776
I have, over the years been trying to find a reliable, professional A/C maintenance and repair company. I have tried a few. That search is now over after using Polar Bear. Billy and Jerry were absolutely a pleasure to work with. Knowledgeable and professional from the initial diagnosis to the final repair. I highly recommend this company and the team that came to do work on my AC. Tim.
Gill Gordon
Gill Gordon
1674784710
Polar Bear technicians are always very polite, friendly and professional in their service. Each of their technicians that we have dealt with have been great and they are always super responsive to getting someone out. Pictured are Antony and Billy who completed our recent service 👍
Zichri M.
Zichri M.
1672439261
Great work. I received an email and also a call from the dispatcher that the tech would be calling me, and sure enough, the tech (Simon) called shortly after that to let me know he was on his way which was very much appreciated. The customer service from all of the team and updates was spot on, and Simon was very thorough and very knowledgeable. He was also very courteous and professional. I rate Polar Bear as the best company in town. Great work!
Glenroy Miller
Glenroy Miller
1671852461
Tyrone is very knowledgeable and professional, he gave me a step by step update of what he was doing. He also gave advice on how best to protect not only the unit but my family. My wife and I are totally satisfied with the service.
Kyle Roberts
Kyle Roberts
1671835857
Polar Bear's service and response was amazing! Nicole who answered my phone call and scheduled me was extremely friendly, accommodating and knowledgeable! The Technician assigned to me was Simon and he was also extremely friendly and very knowledgeable. Within a minute of looking at my system he knew what the errors and issues were! He was able to fix one of the two problems that day, and then came scheduled and came the following day to fix the remaining issue. He was perfectly on time and the courtesy call before arrival both times before arriving was a welcome touch as it made sure that I was ready.Will continue using polar bear for all my HVAC needs! 5*
Kayla Shibli
Kayla Shibli
1664932191
My experience with Polar Bear has been awesome!!!! From the beginning, the office staff were so professional and kind, then receiving my AC quote, the gentleman has been very prompt in his response time—, the kind of employee that puts customer first and has such a nice and an approachable attitude, very patient in answering my questions and providing guidance as required by me- customer focus completely, then as if that wasn’t enough to convince me to move my AC maintenance and installation to Polar Bear; the technicians that attended to my AC installation provided such excellent service— what stood out was how they used a carpet that was placed on my floor to avoid making any mess on my floor and whatever mess they did make, the technician used their broom to remove it. I know this message is long but I really wanted to express my THANK YOU and appreciation for such excellent customer service that I’ve experienced by Polar Bear — you have won me as a customer!! THANK YOU! Keep up the excellent customer service!!! Looking forward to building a relationship with you as a new customer.
Robert L White
Robert L White
1660564106
Olivia and Demitri very professional , competent and are delightful people! She came by and diagnosed some issues with our AC system . I am reviewing your estimate at this time..I truly enjoyed meeting them. They both real assets to your Company!Rob
Omari Rankine
Omari Rankine
1657429111
I am very pleased with the service that was provided by Polar Bear. I had an issue where the ac was not working at one of my rental properties after hours on a weekend. Rohan came all the way out to East End at 10pm and worked on the issue to get the system back up and running. He was very thorough and explained the issue in detail, and the measures I needed to take to prevent it from reoccurring. Excellent customer service
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