Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t have to give up comfort or drain your wallet to keep your residence at the right temperature during hot days.

But what is the best temp, exactly? We go over ideas from energy professionals so you can find the best setting for your loved ones.

Here’s what we advise for the most energy-efficient setting for air conditioning in Litchfield Park.

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most people find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a huge difference between your interior and outdoor warmth, your utility expenses will be greater.

This is our advice based on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and ENERGY STAR®.

While at home: 78 degrees. While that appears too high, there are approaches you can keep your home refreshing without having the air conditioner on frequently.

Keeping windows and blinds shut during the day keeps cold air where it belongs—within your home. Some window treatments, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to provide more insulation and better energy efficiency.

If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can increase thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees higher without compromising comfort. That’s since they freshen through a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not rooms, turn them off when you leave a room.

If 78 degrees still appears too warm at first glance, try doing a trial for approximately a week. Begin by raising your setting to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, progressively decrease it while following the ideas above. You may be surprised at how cool you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the air conditioning working all day while your home is vacant. Moving the temperature 7¬¬–10 degrees warmer can save you anywhere from 5–15% on your AC expenses, according to the DOE.

When you come home, don’t be tempted to set your thermostat below 78 to cool your home faster. This isn’t effective and usually results in a more expensive AC cost.

A programmable thermostat is a good way to keep your temperature in check, but you have to set programs. If you don’t use programs, you might forget to raise the set temperature when you leave.

If you want a handy resolution, think about getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at your house and when you’re gone. Then it automatically modifies temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? An estimated $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another plus of installing a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to keep an eye on and change temperature settings from just about anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR recommends 82 degrees, that might be too uncomfortable for the majority of families. Many people sleep better when their sleeping area is cold, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation suggests 60–67 degrees. But that may be too cool, based on your pajama and blanket preference.

We advise using an equivalent test over a week, setting your thermostat higher and progressively lowering it to determine the best setting for your residence. On pleasant nights, you might learn keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a better solution than using the air conditioning.

More Ways to Use Less Energy During Warm Weather

There are other methods you can conserve money on cooling bills throughout warm weather.

  1. Get an energy-efficient AC system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they become older. A new air conditioner can keep your house comfier while keeping AC
  2. costs low.
  3. Set regular air conditioning service. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit working smoothly and might help it work at greater efficiency. It may also help prolong its life expectancy, since it helps techs to uncover small issues before they create a big meltdown.
  4. Replace air filters regularly. Follow manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A dirty filter can cause your system to short cycle, or turn on and off too much, and raise your energy
  5. bills.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of homes in the U.S. don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates need 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork examined. Ductwork that has separated over time can seep conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in huge comfort troubles in your residence, like hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep muggy air where it belongs by sealing openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more conditioned air within your home.

Conserve More Energy During Warm Weather with Cooler Tymes LLC

If you want to conserve more energy during warm weather, our Cooler Tymes LLC professionals can assist you. Get in touch with us at 623-208-6444 or contact us online for additional info about our energy-efficient cooling solutions.

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