Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

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

But what is the best temperature, exactly? We review recommendations from energy specialists 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 Marshfield.

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a sizeable difference between your indoor and exterior temperatures, your electrical bills will be higher.

These are our recommendations based on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and ENERGY STAR®.

While at home: 78 degrees. While that appears hot, there are ways you can keep your residence pleasant without having the air conditioner going constantly.

Keeping windows and window treatments shut during the day keeps cold air where it should be—indoors. Some window solutions, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to provide added insulation and enhanced energy efficiency.

If you have ceiling fans in your home, the DOE says you can increase thermostat settings about 4 degrees higher without compromising comfort. That’s because they refresh by a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not areas, shut them off when you leave a room.

If 78 degrees still seems too warm at first glance, try conducting an experiment for about a week. Start by upping your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, steadily lower it while using the suggestions above. You may be astonished at how refreshed you feel at a warmer temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the air conditioning going all day while your home is vacant. Turning the temp 7¬¬–10 degrees hotter can save you anywhere from 5–15% on your AC costs, according to the DOE.

When you come home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your home more rapidly. This isn’t effective and typically results in a more expensive electrical bills.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful approach to keep your settings controlled, but you need to set programs. If you don’t set programs, you risk forgetting to change the set temperature when you take off.

If you need a convenient remedy, consider getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at your residence and when you’re gone. Then it instinctively modifies temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? About $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another benefit 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 recommends 82 degrees, that might be unbearable for most families. The majority of people sleep better when their sleeping space is cold, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation suggests 60–67 degrees. But that may be too chilly, depending on your PJ and blanket preference.

We advise trying a similar test over a week, moving your temperature higher and progressively turning it down to determine the best setting for your family. On pleasant nights, you could learn keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a superior idea than running the AC.

More Methods to Use Less Energy This Summer

There are extra ways you can save money on cooling bills throughout warm weather.

  1. Buy an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they become older. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your house more comfortable while keeping cooling
  2. bills small.
  3. Set regular air conditioning tune-ups. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your system running properly and could help it operate more efficiently. It can also help lengthen its life span, since it helps technicians to discover little troubles before they create a big meltdown.
  4. Switch air filters regularly. Use manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A clogged filter can result in your system short cycling, or switch on and off too frequently, and raise your utility
  5. expenses.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of homes in the U.S. don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates should have 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork inspected. Ductwork that has come apart over the years can leak cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to big comfort issues in your home, like 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 trap more cold air indoors.

Use Less Energy During Warm Weather with House of Heating Incorporated

If you are looking to conserve more energy during warm weather, our House of Heating Incorporated professionals can help. Get in touch with us at 715-384-3163 or contact us online for more info about our energy-conserving cooling products.

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