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 setting during muggy weather.

But what is the best setting, exactly? We discuss recommendations from energy specialists so you can find the best setting for your home.

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 inside and outside temps, your AC bills will be larger.

This is our advice based on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and ENERGY STAR®.

While at home: 78 degrees. While that appears too high, there are ways you can keep your house refreshing without having the air conditioner going all the time.

Keeping windows and blinds down during the day keeps cool air where it belongs—within your home. Some window treatments, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to deliver more insulation and better energy savings.

If you have ceiling fans in your home, the DOE says you can raise thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees higher without giving up comfort. That’s due to the fact they freshen with a windchill effect. As they cool people, not rooms, turn them off when you exit a room.

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

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the air conditioning running all day while your residence is vacant. Switching the temp 7¬¬–10 degrees hotter can save you an estimated 5–15% on your cooling expenses, according to the DOE.

When you arrive home, don’t be tempted to set your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your residence more rapidly. This isn’t productive and often results in a more expensive electrical 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 handy remedy, think about installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at home and when you’re gone. Then it intuitively changes temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? An estimated $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another advantage of having 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 advises 82 degrees, that could be unpleasant for many families. Many people sleep better when their sleeping area 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 advise trying an equivalent test over a week, putting your temperature higher and steadily turning it down to determine the right setting for your house. 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 Methods to Use Less Energy This Summer

There are added methods you can save money on cooling 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 updated air conditioner can keep your home cooler while keeping utility
  2. costs down.
  3. Schedule yearly air conditioner tune-ups. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your system working smoothly and may help it work at greater efficiency. It can also help prolong its life span, since it helps techs to uncover seemingly insignificant issues before they create an expensive meltdown.
  4. Replace 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 much, and increase your cooling
  5. bills.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of houses in the U.S. don’t have enough insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. The majority of southern climates need 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork checked. 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 holes, doors and windows. Keep hot air in its place by sealing holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more conditioned air within your home.

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 assist you. Give us a call at 1-866-781-0111 or contact us online for additional info about our energy-saving cooling solutions.

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