Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t need to sacrifice comfort or drain your wallet to keep your residence at a pleasant temp during warm days.

But what is the right temperature, exactly? We discuss ideas from energy pros so you can find the best setting for your home.

Here’s what we suggest for the most energy-efficient setting for air conditioning in East Bernard.

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most people find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a big difference between your indoor and outside warmth, your utility costs 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 appears too high, there are approaches you can keep your house cool without having the AC running frequently.

Keeping windows and window treatments shut during the day keeps chilled air where it needs to be—within your home. Some window coverings, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to give added insulation and enhanced energy conservation.

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can move thermostat settings about 4 degrees higher without giving up comfort. That’s since they refresh through a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not rooms, shut them off when you move from a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too hot on the surface, try conducting a trial for a week or so. Start by raising your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, gradually lower it while using the tips above. You may be surprised at how cool you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the AC on all day while your residence is unoccupied. Moving the temp 7¬¬–10 degrees hotter can save you an estimated 5–15% on your air conditioning expenses, according to the DOE.

When you get home, don’t be tempted to set your thermostat below 78 to cool your house more rapidly. This isn’t effective and usually results in a more expensive air conditioner cost.

A programmable thermostat is a good approach to keep your settings under control, but it requires setting programs. If you don’t use programs, you might forget to increase the set temperature when you leave.

If you’re looking for a handy solution, consider buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your house and when you’re gone. Then it automatically changes temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? About $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another advantage of getting a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to keep an eye on and adjust temperature settings from almost anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR suggests 82 degrees, that may be unbearable for the majority of families. Most people sleep better when their bedroom is cold, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation suggests 60–67 degrees. But that might be too chilly, due to your pajama and blanket preference.

We advise running an equivalent test over a week, moving your thermostat higher and slowly lowering it to select the best setting for your residence. On pleasant nights, you may learn keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a superior solution than operating the air conditioner.

More Approaches to Conserve Energy This Summer

There are extra ways you can spend less money on energy bills throughout the summer.

  1. Get an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they get older. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your house comfier while keeping utility
  2. expenses low.
  3. Book yearly air conditioning maintenance. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your system working like it should and might help it run at greater efficiency. It may also help lengthen its life span, since it allows professionals to find little issues before they cause a big meltdown.
  4. Switch air filters frequently. Read manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A clogged filter can cause your system to short cycle, or turn on and off too much, and raise your electricity
  5. bills.
  6. Check attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of houses in the USA don’t have adequate 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 the years can seep cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to huge comfort issues in your home, like hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep humid air in its place by plugging cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more cool air inside.

Save More Energy During Hot Weather with E.B. Air, LLC

If you want to save more energy this summer, our E.B. Air, LLC experts can assist you. Reach us at 979-335-4262 or contact us online for extra information about our energy-conserving cooling products.

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