Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

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

But what is the ideal 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 inside and outdoor temps, 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 appears hot, there are methods you can keep your residence cool without having the air conditioner on frequently.

Keeping windows and blinds shut during the day keeps cold air where it needs to be—inside. Some window treatments, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to deliver added insulation and improved energy conservation.

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

If 78 degrees still feels too uncomfortable on the surface, try doing a test for a week or so. Start by increasing your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, steadily decrease it while adhering to the ideas above. You might be shocked at how refreshed you feel at a higher temperature setting.

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

When you get 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 air conditioner expense.

A programmable thermostat is a useful method 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 realizes when you’re at home and when you’re away. Then it instinctively modifies temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? Usually $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another perk of installing a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to monitor and adjust temperature settings from nearly anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR advises 82 degrees, that could be unbearable for the majority of families. Many 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 cool, based on your PJ and blanket preference.

We suggest following a similar test over a week, setting your thermostat higher and steadily lowering it to choose the right setting 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 operating the air conditioner.

More Approaches to Conserve Energy During Hot Weather

There are additional methods you can spend less money on cooling 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 house more comfortable while keeping electricity
  2. costs small.
  3. Schedule annual air conditioner tune-ups. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment operating like it should and could help it work more efficiently. It may also help extend its life expectancy, since it enables pros to uncover little problems before they create a big meltdown.
  4. Replace air filters regularly. Use manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A dirty filter can result in your system short cycling, or turn on and off too frequently, and increase your electrical
  5. costs.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of residences in the U.S. 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 loosened as it’s aged can seep conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in big comfort troubles in your residence, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep muggy air where it should be by closing holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more conditioned air within your home.

Use Less Energy This Summer with ACS Heating and Air Conditioning

If you need to save more energy this summer, our ACS Heating and Air Conditioning specialists can assist you. Get in touch with us at 770-450-1539 or contact us online for additional information about our energy-conserving cooling solutions.

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