Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t need to give up comfort or drain your wallet to keep your home at a refreshing setting during warm days.

But what is the ideal temp, exactly? We go over suggestions from energy specialists so you can determine the best temp for your residence.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most people find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a sizeable difference between your interior and exterior temps, your cooling bills will be bigger.

These are our recommendations 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 house refreshing without having the air conditioner on constantly.

Keeping windows and blinds shut during the day keeps cold air where it should be—within your home. Some window treatments, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to offer extra insulation and improved energy savings.

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can increase thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees warmer without sacrificing comfort. That’s since they cool through a windchill effect. Because they cool people, not areas, switch them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still seems too uncomfortable on the surface, try doing a test for a week or so. Start by raising your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, steadily turn it down while using the advice above. You may be astonished at how comfortable you feel at a warmer temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no reason to keep the air conditioner working all day while your home is unoccupied. Switching the temp 7¬¬–10 degrees hotter can save you as much as 5–15% on your electrical bills, according to the DOE.

When you arrive home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat under 78 to cool your home more rapidly. This isn’t productive and often produces a more expensive electricity expense.

A programmable thermostat is a good approach to keep your settings under control, but it requires setting programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you run the risk of forgetting to raise the set temperature when you go.

If you’re looking for a hassle-free resolution, consider buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it knows when you’re at home and when you’re out. Then it instinctively modifies temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? Typically $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another benefit of installing a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to keep an eye on and adjust temperature settings from just about anywhere.

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

We recommend running a comparable test over a week, moving your thermostat higher and steadily decreasing it to choose the ideal setting for your house. On mild nights, you might find keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a superior option than operating the air conditioner.

More Methods to Use Less Energy This Summer

There are extra approaches you can spend less money on AC bills throughout hot weather.

  1. Install an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they get older. An updated air conditioner can keep your house comfier while keeping electricity
  2. bills down.
  3. Book regular air conditioner maintenance. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your system working like it should and could help it operate more efficiently. It may also help prolong its life span, since it helps technicians to discover seemingly insignificant troubles before they create an expensive meltdown.
  4. Change air filters regularly. Use manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A dusty filter can result in your system short cycling, or switch on and off too often, and drive up your energy
  5. bills.
  6. Measure attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of residences in the USA don’t have adequate 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 inspected. Ductwork that has come apart as it’s aged can leak cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in big comfort troubles in your home, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep muggy air in its place by plugging cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more cool air indoors.

Conserve More Energy This Summer with Rescue Heating & Air

If you need to save more energy this summer, our Rescue Heating & Air professionals can provide assistance. Reach us at 361-265-4371 or contact us online for more information about our energy-conserving cooling options.

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