Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t have to sacrifice comfort or spend a lot to keep your residence at a pleasant temperature during summer weather.

But what is the best temperature, exactly? We review ideas from energy pros so you can choose the best setting for your house.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a sizeable difference between your interior and outdoor warmth, your cooling costs 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 seems hot, there are methods you can keep your house cool without having the air conditioning going all the time.

Keeping windows and curtains down during the day keeps cold air where it should be—inside. Some window treatments, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to deliver more insulation and better energy conservation.

If you have ceiling fans in your home, the DOE says you can move thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees higher without giving up comfort. That’s because they refresh through a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not rooms, switch them off when you leave a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too warm on the surface, try conducting a trial for a week or so. Start by upping your setting to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, steadily decrease it while using the ideas above. You could be shocked at how cool you feel at a higher temperature setting.

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

When you arrive home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat under 78 to cool your residence more rapidly. This isn’t useful and usually results in a higher cooling cost.

A programmable thermostat is a good approach to keep your temperature under control, 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 connects with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at home and when you’re away. Then it intuitively changes temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? Usually $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another benefit of installing a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to monitor and regulate temperature settings from almost anywhere.

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

We advise following a similar test over a week, setting your thermostat higher and steadily decreasing it to determine the best temperature for your residence. On pleasant nights, you could learn keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a superior idea than using the air conditioner.

More Approaches to Use Less Energy During Hot Weather

There are additional methods you can conserve money on utility bills throughout hot weather.

  1. Upgrade to an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they become older. An updated air conditioner can keep your residence more comfortable while keeping electricity
  2. costs small.
  3. Schedule annual air conditioner service. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit working like it should and might help it work more efficiently. It can also help extend its life expectancy, since it enables pros to uncover little problems before they lead to a big meltdown.
  4. Replace air filters regularly. Read manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A dirty filter can lead to your system short cycling, or switch on and off too frequently, and increase your electrical
  5. expenses.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of houses in the United States don’t have adequate insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. The majority of 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 as it’s aged can let conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create huge comfort issues in your residence, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep muggy air in its place by plugging openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more conditioned air inside.

Use Less Energy This Summer with ACS Heating and Air Conditioning

If you are looking to save more energy this summer, our ACS Heating and Air Conditioning specialists can assist you. Reach us at 770-450-1539 or contact us online for additional information about our energy-saving cooling products.

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