Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t have to give up comfort or drain your wallet to keep your home at a refreshing setting during muggy weather.

But what is the right temp, exactly? We discuss suggestions from energy experts 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 huge difference between your indoor and outdoor temps, 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 going all the time.

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

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can raise thermostat settings about 4 degrees warmer without giving up comfort. That’s since they refresh through a windchill effect. As they cool people, not rooms, turn them off when you move from a room.

If 78 degrees still appears too hot on the surface, try conducting an experiment for approximately a week. Get started by raising your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, gradually decrease it while following the tips above. You might be amazed at how comfortable you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping 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 colder than 78 to cool your house faster. This isn’t effective and often results in a more expensive AC expense.

A programmable thermostat is a useful method to keep your settings controlled, but you need to set programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you might forget to raise the set temperature when you go.

If you’re looking for a handy solution, think about installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at your residence and when you’re gone. Then it intuitively modifies temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? About $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 almost anywhere.

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

We advise using a comparable test over a week, setting your thermostat higher and gradually decreasing it to choose the ideal temperature for your family. On pleasant nights, you could discover keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a preferable option than operating the air conditioning.

More Ways to Save Energy During Hot Weather

There are additional approaches you can save money on AC bills throughout hot 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 house comfier while keeping cooling
  2. expenses low.
  3. Schedule regular air conditioning service. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit working like it should and could help it operate at better efficiency. It might also help prolong its life expectancy, since it helps techs to spot seemingly insignificant troubles before they cause a big meltdown.
  4. Replace air filters frequently. Follow manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A dirty filter can result in your system short cycling, or switch on and off too often, and raise your cooling
  5. expenses.
  6. Check attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of residences in the United States don’t have enough insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. The majority of southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork examined. Ductwork that has separated over time can leak conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in huge comfort issues in your residence, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep warm air in its place by sealing openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more conditioned air inside.

Use Less Energy During Warm Weather with Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc.

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

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