Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t have to sacrifice comfort or spend a lot to keep your home at a pleasant setting during summer weather.

But what is the right temperature, exactly? We review advice from energy professionals so you can choose the best temperature for your loved ones.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a big difference between your inside and outdoor warmth, your electricity costs will be bigger.

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 approaches you can keep your residence pleasant without having the AC running constantly.

Keeping windows and blinds shut during the day keeps cold air where it needs to be—indoors. Some window coverings, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to offer more 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 since they cool by a windchill effect. Because they cool people, not rooms, switch them off when you leave a room.

If 78 degrees still seems too warm initially, try running a test for about a week. Begin by raising your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, steadily lower it while following the advice above. You may be astonished at how cool you feel at a warmer temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the AC running all day while your home is empty. Switching the temp 7¬¬–10 degrees hotter can save you anywhere from 5–15% on your electricity bills, according to the DOE.

When you get home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your residence more rapidly. This isn’t useful and often leads to a higher air conditioner bills.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful method to keep your settings controlled, but it requires setting programs. If you don’t use programs, you risk forgetting to move the set temperature when you leave.

If you’re looking for a hassle-free resolution, think about buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at your house and when you’re gone. Then it intuitively modifies temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? About $180 annually 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 regulate temperature settings from almost anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR suggests 82 degrees, that may be unbearable for most families. Many people sleep better when their sleeping area is cold, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation recommends 60–67 degrees. But that could be too chilly, based on your PJ and blanket preference.

We advise following a similar test over a week, putting your thermostat higher and steadily lowering it to pick the best setting for your residence. On cool nights, you could discover keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a better option than using the air conditioning.

More Ways to Conserve Energy During Hot Weather

There are other approaches you can save money on AC bills throughout hot weather.

  1. Buy an energy-efficient AC system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they get older. An updated air conditioner can keep your house more comfortable while keeping cooling
  2. expenses down.
  3. Schedule regular air conditioning maintenance. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment running like it should and could help it run more efficiently. It might also help extend its life expectancy, since it allows pros to find seemingly insignificant issues before they cause a big meltdown.
  4. Switch air filters often. Read manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A clogged filter can result in your system short cycling, or switch on and off too often, and increase your electricity
  5. expenses.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of homes in the United States don’t have adequate 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 examined. Ductwork that has come apart over the years can seep cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create huge comfort troubles in your home, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep humid air where it should be by closing holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more cold air indoors.

Use Less Energy During Hot Weather with Gillman Heating and Air

If you need to use less energy this summer, our Gillman Heating and Air pros can assist you. Get in touch with us at 478-202-3076 or contact us online for more information about our energy-efficient cooling solutions.

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