Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t be forced to give up comfort or spend a lot to keep your home at a pleasant temperature during summer weather.

But what is the best temperature, exactly? We review recommendations from energy specialists so you can find the best setting for your house.

Here’s what we recommend for the most energy-efficient setting for air conditioning in Reinholds.

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a major difference between your indoor and outside temperatures, your AC expenses will be greater.

These are our suggestions based on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and ENERGY STAR®.

While at home: 78 degrees. While that sounds hot, there are methods you can keep your home refreshing without having the air conditioner running all the time.

Keeping windows and window treatments down during the day keeps cool air where it should be—within your home. Some window solutions, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to offer more insulation and improved energy efficiency.

If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can increase thermostat temps about 4 degrees warmer without compromising comfort. That’s due to the fact they cool through a windchill effect. Because they cool people, not areas, switch them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too warm on the surface, try doing a test for about a week. Get started by raising your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, steadily lower it while using the ideas above. You could be surprised at how comfortable you feel at a hotter temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the AC working all day while your residence is vacant. Switching the setting 7¬¬–10 degrees higher can save you anywhere from 5–15% on your AC expenses, according to the DOE.

When you arrive home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your home more quickly. This isn’t effective and often produces a more expensive electrical cost.

A programmable thermostat is a good method to keep your temperature under control, but it requires setting programs. If you don’t use programs, you run the risk of forgetting to move the set temperature when you leave.

If you need a convenient remedy, think over buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at home and when you’re gone. Then it instinctively modifies temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? An estimated $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another benefit of having a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to watch and change temperature settings from just about anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR suggests 82 degrees, that may be unbearable for many families. The majority of people sleep better when their sleeping space is cold, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation suggests 60–67 degrees. But that could be too cold, depending on your pajama and blanket preference.

We recommend using a similar test over a week, putting your temp higher and progressively decreasing it to pick the right temperature for your house. On mild nights, you may discover keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a superior option than using the air conditioning.

More Approaches to Save Energy During Warm Weather

There are added ways you can save money on AC bills throughout the summer.

  1. Install an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they become older. An updated air conditioner can keep your residence more comfortable while keeping utility
  2. costs low.
  3. Book annual air conditioning service. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment running smoothly and might help it work more efficiently. It can also help extend its life span, since it helps professionals to discover seemingly insignificant issues before they lead to an expensive meltdown.
  4. Change air filters often. Use manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A clogged filter can lead to your system short cycling, or switch on and off too much, and increase your electrical
  5. costs.
  6. Check attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of houses in the U.S. don’t have adequate insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most southern climates need 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates need 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork inspected. Ductwork that has separated as it’s aged can let cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to big comfort troubles in your home, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep warm air in its place by sealing holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more cool air inside.

Use Less Energy This Summer with County Line Mechanical LLC

If you want to save more energy during hot weather, our County Line Mechanical LLC specialists can help. Reach us at 717-216-0846 or contact us online for additional information about our energy-efficient cooling solutions.

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