Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t need to sacrifice comfort or empty your wallet to keep your home at a pleasant setting during the summer.

But what is the ideal temp, exactly? We review ideas from energy experts so you can choose the best setting for your residence.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a major difference between your inside and outside temperatures, your cooling costs will be higher.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that sounds too high, there are methods you can keep your residence refreshing without having the air conditioner running constantly.

Keeping windows and curtains shut during the day keeps chilled air where it belongs—indoors. Some window coverings, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to give extra insulation and enhanced energy conservation.

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

If 78 degrees still feels too hot on the surface, try running a test for about a week. Begin by upping your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, steadily turn it down while following the suggestions above. You might be shocked at how comfortable you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the AC on all day while your residence is unoccupied. Switching the setting 7¬¬–10 degrees warmer can save you as much as 5–15% on your electricity costs, according to the DOE.

When you get home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat below 78 to cool your house faster. This isn’t effective and often produces a bigger electricity expense.

A programmable thermostat is a useful method to keep your temperature controlled, but you need to set programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you risk forgetting to increase the set temperature when you take off.

If you want a convenient solution, think over buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it knows when you’re at home and when you’re out. Then it instinctively modifies temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? An estimated $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another perk of having a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to watch and adjust temperature settings from nearly anywhere.

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

We suggest using a comparable test over a week, putting your thermostat higher and progressively turning it down to choose the right temperature for your family. On cool nights, you could learn keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a better solution than running the air conditioner.

More Ways to Conserve Energy During Hot Weather

There are additional approaches you can save money on cooling bills throughout the summer.

  1. Upgrade to an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they age. A new air conditioner can keep your home cooler while keeping electricity
  2. bills low.
  3. Schedule annual air conditioner service. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your system operating smoothly and might help it operate at better efficiency. It may also help lengthen its life span, since it enables professionals to discover seemingly insignificant troubles before they create an expensive meltdown.
  4. Switch air filters often. Read manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A clogged filter can cause your system to short cycle, or turn on and off too often, and drive up your cooling
  5. costs.
  6. Measure attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of residences in the U.S. don’t have adequate insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most southern climates should have 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has loosened as it’s aged can let cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in big comfort troubles in your residence, such as hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep muggy air where it belongs by plugging cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more cool air indoors.

Conserve More Energy This Summer with Knoechel Heating Company

If you want to save more energy this summer, our Knoechel Heating Company professionals can help. Give us a call at 724-425-5852 or contact us online for extra details about our energy-efficient cooling products.

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