Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t have to sacrifice comfort or drain your wallet to keep your home at the right temp during muggy weather.

But what is the best temp, exactly? We go over suggestions from energy specialists so you can find the best setting for your house.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a sizeable difference between your interior and outside warmth, your utility 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 appears warm, there are ways you can keep your residence refreshing without having the air conditioner on frequently.

Keeping windows and blinds shut during the day keeps cool air where it belongs—inside. Some window treatments, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to deliver added insulation and improved energy conservation.

If you have ceiling fans in your home, the DOE says you can raise thermostat temps about 4 degrees higher without giving up comfort. That’s since they refresh with a windchill effect. Because they cool people, not areas, turn them off when you move from a room.

If 78 degrees still seems too hot on the surface, try doing an experiment for approximately a week. Start by upping your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, steadily lower it while using the advice above. You could be shocked at how cool you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the air conditioner running all day while your house is empty. Switching the setting 7¬¬–10 degrees warmer can save you as much as 5–15% on your cooling expenses, according to the DOE.

When you arrive home, don’t be tempted to set your thermostat under 78 to cool your residence more rapidly. This isn’t productive and often results in a bigger AC bills.

A programmable thermostat is a good approach to keep your temp in check, but you have to set programs. If you don’t use programs, you run the risk of forgetting to increase the set temperature when you take off.

If you’re looking for a convenient remedy, think over installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at home and when you’re gone. Then it intuitively modifies temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? An estimated $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

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

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

We suggest trying an equivalent test over a week, moving your temp higher and steadily turning it down to determine the right temperature for your residence. On cool nights, you may learn keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a superior solution than using the air conditioner.

More Approaches to Conserve Energy This Summer

There are added approaches you can save money on air conditioning bills throughout the summer.

  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 age. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your home comfier while keeping cooling
  2. costs small.
  3. Schedule yearly air conditioner service. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your system working smoothly and may help it work at greater efficiency. It may also help prolong its life span, since it enables techs to find little issues before they create an expensive meltdown.
  4. Replace air filters often. Read manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A dusty filter can result in your system short cycling, or turn on and off too much, and increase your utility
  5. bills.
  6. Measure attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of residences in the U.S. don’t have enough insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates need 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork examined. Ductwork that has separated over the years can leak cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to major comfort issues in your home, like hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep hot air where it should be by sealing openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more conditioned air inside.

Save More Energy During Hot Weather with McFadden Heating & Cooling

If you need to conserve more energy during hot weather, our McFadden Heating & Cooling pros can provide assistance. Give us a call at 1-866-781-0111 or contact us online for additional info about our energy-conserving cooling products.

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