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 refreshing temperature during hot days.

But what is the right setting, exactly? We review recommendations from energy professionals so you can select the best setting for your family.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most households find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a big difference between your indoor and outside temps, your electricity costs will be larger.

This is our advice based on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and ENERGY STAR®.

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

Keeping windows and window treatments closed during the day keeps chilled air where it should be—within your home. Some window solutions, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to deliver added insulation and better energy savings.

If you have ceiling fans in your home, the DOE says you can move thermostat temps about 4 degrees warmer without giving up comfort. That’s due to the fact they refresh by a windchill effect. As they cool people, not rooms, switch them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still appears too warm at first glance, try doing an experiment for about a week. Start by raising your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, gradually lower it while adhering to the ideas above. You may be astonished at how cool 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 unoccupied. Switching the setting 7¬¬–10 degrees higher can save you anywhere from 5–15% on your electrical expenses, according to the DOE.

When you come home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat below 78 to cool your residence more quickly. This isn’t useful and typically produces a more expensive AC expense.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful method to keep your settings controlled, but you have to set programs. If you don’t set programs, you run the risk of forgetting to change the set temperature when you take off.

If you’re looking for a convenient resolution, consider installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at your house and when you’re gone. Then it automatically modifies temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? An estimated $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

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

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR recommends 82 degrees, that may be too uncomfortable for most families. Most people sleep better when their sleeping area is chilly, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation recommends 60–67 degrees. But that may be too cool, depending on your clothing and blanket preference.

We suggest trying a comparable test over a week, putting your thermostat higher and progressively turning it down to determine the right temp for your residence. On cool nights, you may find keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a preferable option than using the AC.

More Ways to Conserve Energy During Warm Weather

There are additional methods you can save money on AC bills throughout warm weather.

  1. Buy 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. A new air conditioner can keep your residence more comfortable while keeping electrical
  2. expenses low.
  3. Set yearly air conditioning tune-ups. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your system running properly and could help it run more efficiently. It could also help extend its life span, since it helps techs to uncover small issues before they cause a big meltdown.
  4. Switch air filters often. Use manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A dusty filter can lead to your system short cycling, or turn on and off too frequently, and raise your utility
  5. costs.
  6. Check attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of houses in the United States don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has loosened over the years can seep conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create big comfort issues in your home, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep hot air where it belongs by closing cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more conditioned air within your home.

Save More Energy This Summer with Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning

If you need to save more energy this summer, our Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning experts can assist you. Reach us at 734-363-8907 or contact us online for more details about our energy-efficient cooling products.

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