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Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t need to sacrifice comfort or spend a lot to keep your house at the right setting during hot days.

But what is the best temp, exactly? We review ideas from energy experts so you can find the best temp for your family.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most households find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a big difference between your indoor and exterior temperatures, your utility bills 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 warm, there are approaches you can keep your house pleasant without having the air conditioning going all the time.

Keeping windows and curtains shut during the day keeps chilled air where it should be—within your home. Some window treatments, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to deliver extra insulation and better energy conservation.

If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can increase thermostat temps about 4 degrees warmer without giving up comfort. That’s since they cool by a windchill effect. As they cool people, not areas, turn them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too uncomfortable on the surface, try running a trial for about a week. Get started by upping your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, gradually turn it down while using the suggestions above. You might be surprised at how comfortable you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the air conditioning on all day while your house is unoccupied. Turning the temperature 7¬¬–10 degrees warmer can save you as much as 5–15% on your air conditioning costs, according to the DOE.

When you get home, don’t be tempted to set your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your house more quickly. This isn’t useful and usually leads to a higher electrical bills.

A programmable thermostat is a good method to keep your temperature in check, but it requires setting programs. If you don’t set programs, you risk forgetting to increase the set temperature when you leave.

If you’re looking for a hassle-free fix, think over getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at home and when you’re gone. Then it instinctively modifies temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? About $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

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

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

We recommend trying a comparable test over a week, putting your temp higher and progressively lowering it to find the ideal temp for your residence. On mild nights, you may find keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a preferable idea than running the air conditioning.

More Ways to Conserve Energy This Summer

There are additional ways you can conserve money on AC bills throughout warm weather.

  1. Buy an energy-efficient AC system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they get older. An updated air conditioner can keep your house cooler while keeping AC
  2. costs small.
  3. Book annual AC service. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit running like it should and may help it work more efficiently. It may also help lengthen its life cycle, since it enables pros to find little issues before they cause a big meltdown.
  4. Change air filters frequently. Use manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A dirty filter can lead to your system short cycling, or run too much, and drive up your utility
  5. costs.
  6. Check attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of homes in the U.S. don’t have adequate insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. The majority of southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates need 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has separated over time can let cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create major comfort issues in your house, like hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep humid air in its place by plugging cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more cold air indoors.

Use Less Energy During Warm Weather with Air Temperature Control

If you need to use less energy this summer, our Air Temperature Control professionals can provide assistance. Reach us at 478-202-3170 or contact us online for additional information about our energy-conserving cooling products.

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