Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t have to compromise on comfort or drain your wallet to keep your house at a refreshing temperature during the summer.

But what is the ideal temp, exactly? We go over advice from energy pros so you can determine the best temp for your home.

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 is ideal. However, if there’s a huge difference between your inside and outdoor temps, your utility costs will be larger.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that seems hot, there are approaches you can keep your home cool without having the AC on constantly.

Keeping windows and curtains 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 more insulation and better energy savings.

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

If 78 degrees still appears 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 warmer temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the air conditioner on all day while your home is vacant. Switching the temperature 7¬¬–10 degrees hotter can save you as much as 5–15% on your electricity costs, according to the DOE.

When you get home, don’t be tempted to set your thermostat below 78 to cool your house more quickly. This isn’t effective and usually results in a bigger electrical bills.

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

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

Another plus of installing a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to watch and change temperature settings from nearly anywhere.

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

We advise trying a similar test over a week, setting your temp higher and steadily decreasing it to pick the right temp for your residence. On mild nights, you may discover keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a preferable option than using the air conditioner.

More Methods to Conserve Energy This Summer

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

  1. Install an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they get older. A new air conditioner can keep your home cooler while keeping utility
  2. expenses low.
  3. Schedule regular air conditioning maintenance. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit working like it should and might help it run at better efficiency. It might also help lengthen its life span, since it enables technicians to spot little troubles before they create a major 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 much, and drive up your utility
  5. expenses.
  6. Measure attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of residences in the United States don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork examined. Ductwork that has come apart over the years can leak conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to major comfort troubles in your residence, such as 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 conditioned air inside.

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

If you are looking to save more energy this summer, our Abilene Air-Tech Inc pros can help. Give us a call at 325-200-4667 or contact us online for extra info about our energy-saving cooling solutions.

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