Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

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

But what is the best temperature, exactly? We go over suggestions from energy pros so you can determine the best temperature for your house.

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 outside 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 approaches you can keep your residence pleasant without having the air conditioning on all the time.

Keeping windows and blinds down during the day keeps cool air where it should be—indoors. Some window coverings, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to give extra insulation and enhanced energy conservation.

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 with a windchill effect. Because they cool people, not rooms, switch them off when you move from a room.

If 78 degrees still appears too warm on the surface, 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 need to keep the air conditioning running all day while your house is vacant. Turning the setting 7¬¬–10 degrees higher can save you an estimated 5–15% on your electricity costs, according to the DOE.

When you get home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat under 78 to cool your home faster. This isn’t useful and usually produces a higher electrical expense.

A programmable thermostat is a good approach to keep your temp under control, but it requires setting programs. If you don’t use programs, you risk forgetting to increase the set temperature when you go.

If you’re looking for a handy resolution, think about buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your residence 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 regulate temperature settings from just about anywhere.

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

We advise using an equivalent test over a week, putting your temperature higher and slowly turning it down to locate the best setting for your residence. On cool nights, you may discover keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a superior solution than operating the air conditioner.

More Approaches to Save Energy During Warm Weather

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

  1. Install an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they become older. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your house more comfortable while keeping cooling
  2. costs down.
  3. Set yearly air conditioner service. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment operating like it should and could help it work at better efficiency. It might also help extend its life cycle, since it enables pros to spot small troubles before they lead to a big meltdown.
  4. Put in new air filters frequently. Read 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 United States don’t have enough insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork examined. Ductwork that has loosened over the years can leak cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in huge comfort issues in your house, such as hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep hot air where it belongs by closing holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more cool air inside.

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

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

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