Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t have to give up comfort or drain your wallet to keep your house at a refreshing temperature during muggy weather.

But what is the ideal temp, exactly? We discuss advice from energy pros so you can find the best temp for your house.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most households find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a big difference between your inside and outdoor temps, your utility expenses 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 seems hot, there are methods you can keep your home cool without having the AC going constantly.

Keeping windows and blinds down during the day keeps cool air where it needs to be—indoors. Some window solutions, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to deliver added insulation and improved energy savings.

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can increase thermostat temps about 4 degrees higher without compromising comfort. That’s due to the fact they cool with a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not areas, shut them off when you leave a room.

If 78 degrees still seems too warm on the surface, try doing an experiment for a week or so. Begin by upping your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, gradually turn it down while following the suggestions above. You could be shocked at how comfortable you feel at a hotter temperature setting.

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

When you get home, don’t be tempted to set your thermostat below 78 to cool your residence more rapidly. This isn’t effective and usually results in a more expensive AC bills.

A programmable thermostat is a good approach to keep your temperature in check, but you need to set programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you might forget to move the set temperature when you take off.

If you need a convenient fix, consider buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it knows when you’re at home and when you’re out. Then it automatically changes temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? Typically $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another plus of having a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to keep an eye on and change temperature settings from almost anywhere.

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

We advise trying a similar test over a week, setting your temperature higher and steadily decreasing it to locate the best temp for your house. On mild nights, you may learn keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a superior option than using the air conditioner.

More Approaches to Use Less Energy This Summer

There are extra approaches you can conserve money on air conditioning bills throughout warm weather.

  1. Install an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they become older. A new air conditioner can keep your home cooler while keeping utility
  2. costs low.
  3. Schedule regular AC maintenance. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment working like it should and could help it run at greater efficiency. It might also help lengthen its life span, since it helps professionals to spot seemingly insignificant issues before they create a big meltdown.
  4. Change air filters regularly. Follow manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A dirty filter can result in your system short cycling, or switch on and off too often, and drive up your cooling
  5. costs.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of houses in the United States don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. The majority of southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has loosened over the years can leak cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to major comfort issues in your residence, like hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep hot air where it belongs by closing openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more cold air within your home.

Conserve More Energy During Hot Weather with Abilene Air-Tech Inc

If you are looking to save more energy this summer, our Abilene Air-Tech Inc experts can help. Give us a call at 325-200-4667 or contact us online for additional details about our energy-conserving cooling products.

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