Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t have to compromise on comfort or drain your wallet to keep your home at a pleasant temp during muggy weather.

But what is the right temp, exactly? We discuss suggestions from energy professionals so you can select the best temp for your residence.

Here’s what we recommend for the most energy-efficient setting for air conditioning in South Beloit and Belvidere.

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most households find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a big difference between your indoor and outdoor warmth, your electricity bills will be larger.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that sounds hot, there are ways you can keep your residence refreshing without having the air conditioning on all the time.

Keeping windows and curtains shut during the day keeps chilled air where it needs to be—indoors. Some window treatments, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to deliver extra insulation and better energy conservation.

If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can raise thermostat settings about 4 degrees higher without compromising comfort. That’s due to the fact they refresh through a windchill effect. Because they cool people, not rooms, turn them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still seems too hot at first glance, try conducting an experiment for about a week. Get started by raising your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, gradually turn it down while following the ideas above. You might be amazed at how comfortable you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the AC going all day while your house is vacant. Turning the temperature 7¬¬–10 degrees higher can save you as much as 5–15% on your AC bills, according to the DOE.

When you come home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat under 78 to cool your residence faster. This isn’t effective and usually results in a more expensive AC expense.

A programmable thermostat is a good method to keep your settings under control, but you need to set programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you might forget to move the set temperature when you take off.

If you’re looking for a handy remedy, think over installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at your residence and when you’re gone. Then it instinctively modifies temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? Typically $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another advantage of getting a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to monitor and change temperature settings from nearly anywhere.

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

We suggest using a comparable test over a week, setting your thermostat higher and progressively lowering it to determine the ideal setting for your family. On pleasant nights, you might learn keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a superior option than using the AC.

More Ways to Save Energy During Hot Weather

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

  1. Upgrade to an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they age. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your residence comfier while keeping utility
  2. costs low.
  3. Schedule regular air conditioning tune-ups. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment working like it should and might help it work at greater efficiency. It might also help lengthen its life expectancy, since it helps techs to spot little issues before they cause a major meltdown.
  4. Switch air filters frequently. Follow manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A dirty filter can result in your system short cycling, or turn on and off too often, and raise your cooling
  5. costs.
  6. Check attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of houses 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 separated over the years can leak cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create big comfort troubles in your house, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep muggy air where it should be by sealing openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more cold air within your home.

Conserve More Energy During Hot Weather with Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc.

If you need to save more energy during warm weather, our Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. pros can help. Give us a call at 877-389-2465 or contact us online for additional info about our energy-efficient cooling options.

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