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Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

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

But what is the ideal temperature, exactly? We go over recommendations from energy pros so you can determine the best temp for your home.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a huge difference between your inside and exterior temperatures, your AC expenses will be higher.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that appears warm, there are methods you can keep your residence refreshing without having the air conditioner on all the time.

Keeping windows and curtains down during the day keeps cool air where it needs to be—indoors. Some window solutions, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to give extra insulation and enhanced energy savings.

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can increase thermostat settings about 4 degrees hotter without sacrificing comfort. That’s due to the fact they freshen by a windchill effect. As they cool people, not rooms, shut them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still appears too warm at first glance, try conducting an experiment for a week or so. Start by raising your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, gradually lower it while using the suggestions above. You might be amazed at how comfortable you feel at a warmer temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the air conditioner running all day while your residence is vacant. Turning the setting 7¬¬–10 degrees higher can save you as much as 5–15% on your cooling expenses, according to the DOE.

When you arrive home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your home faster. This isn’t useful and often produces a higher electrical expense.

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

If you’re looking for a handy resolution, think over getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your house and when you’re out. Then it automatically adjusts temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? Typically $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another perk of using a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to monitor and adjust temperature settings from just about anywhere.

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

We advise running a comparable test over a week, moving your temp higher and slowly turning it down to locate the right temperature for your house. On pleasant nights, you may discover keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a superior solution than using the air conditioner.

More Approaches to Save Energy During Hot Weather

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

  1. Install an energy-efficient AC system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they get older. An updated air conditioner can keep your residence more comfortable while keeping utility
  2. costs down.
  3. Book yearly air conditioner tune-ups. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit operating properly and might help it operate at greater efficiency. It might also help extend its life cycle, since it enables pros to spot small issues before they create a big meltdown.
  4. Put in new air filters frequently. Use manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A dirty filter can cause your system to short cycle, or run too frequently, and increase your electricity
  5. expenses.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of homes in the U.S. don’t have enough insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. The majority of southern climates should have 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has loosened over time can leak cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in huge comfort troubles in your house, such as hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep hot air where it belongs by closing openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more cool air inside.

Save More Energy During Warm Weather with Turner Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning

If you want to use less energy this summer, our Turner Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning specialists can assist you. Give us a call at 912-208-2470 or contact us online for extra details about our energy-saving cooling solutions.

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