Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t be forced to sacrifice comfort or empty your wallet to keep your house at the right temp during warm days.

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

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most households find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a huge difference between your indoor and exterior temperatures, your utility bills will be higher.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that sounds too high, there are methods you can keep your house pleasant without having the air conditioner on all the time.

Keeping windows and blinds down during the day keeps chilled air where it should be—inside. Some window treatments, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to deliver extra insulation and better energy savings.

If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can increase thermostat temps about 4 degrees warmer without compromising 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 warm on the surface, try running a trial for approximately a week. Begin by upping your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, gradually decrease it while using the suggestions above. You could be surprised at how comfortable you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the air conditioner on all day while your residence is unoccupied. Turning the temperature 7¬¬–10 degrees warmer can save you as much as 5–15% on your AC 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 leads to a higher AC bills.

A programmable thermostat is a useful method to keep your temp 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 about getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at home and when you’re out. Then it intuitively modifies temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? Typically $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

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

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR recommends 82 degrees, that may be too uncomfortable 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 could be too cool, depending on your PJ and blanket preference.

We recommend trying a comparable test over a week, putting your temperature higher and gradually decreasing it to select the ideal temp for your house. On mild nights, you may find keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a superior option 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 work for about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they become older. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your residence cooler while keeping AC
  2. expenses down.
  3. Book annual air conditioning tune-ups. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment running like it should and may help it operate more efficiently. It may also help prolong 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 switching your air filter. A dirty filter can result in your system short cycling, or run too much, and drive up your utility
  5. expenses.
  6. Check attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of homes in the United States 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 the years can seep conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in major comfort issues in your residence, such as hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep humid air where it should be by plugging cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more cold air indoors.

Use Less Energy During Hot 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 extra information about our energy-saving cooling products.

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