Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t need to sacrifice comfort or drain your wallet to keep your house at a refreshing 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 advise 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 huge difference between your indoor and outside 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 seems too high, there are methods you can keep your house cool without having the AC running all the time.

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

If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can move thermostat settings about 4 degrees warmer without giving up comfort. That’s due to the fact they refresh through a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not areas, switch them off when you move from a room.

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

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

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

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

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

Another advantage of getting a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to watch and regulate temperature settings from almost anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR advises 82 degrees, that may be unbearable for many 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 cold, due to your pajama and blanket preference.

We suggest using a comparable test over a week, putting your thermostat higher and slowly lowering it to find the right setting for your residence. On cool nights, you may discover keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a preferable solution than operating the air conditioner.

More Methods to Conserve Energy This Summer

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

  1. Upgrade to an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they become older. An updated air conditioner can keep your house cooler while keeping utility
  2. costs low.
  3. Set yearly AC maintenance. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your system operating like it should and could help it run at greater efficiency. It may also help lengthen its life span, since it allows professionals to find seemingly insignificant issues before they cause a major meltdown.
  4. Replace air filters frequently. Read manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A dusty filter can cause your system to short cycle, or switch on and off too often, and increase your electricity
  5. bills.
  6. Check attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of residences in the USA don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates need 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has separated over the years can let cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to big comfort troubles 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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