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Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t be forced to sacrifice comfort or empty your wallet to keep your residence at a pleasant temperature during muggy weather.

But what is the best temperature, exactly? We discuss advice from energy specialists so you can determine the best temp for your family.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most households find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a sizeable difference between your indoor and exterior temperatures, your AC expenses will be greater.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that seems too high, there are methods you can keep your home cool without having the air conditioning going constantly.

Keeping windows and window treatments shut during the day keeps cold air where it belongs—indoors. Some window treatments, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to offer more insulation and enhanced energy conservation.

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can increase thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees hotter without sacrificing comfort. That’s because they refresh through a windchill effect. As they cool people, not areas, turn them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still appears too uncomfortable at first glance, try doing a test for approximately a week. Begin by raising your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, progressively lower it while using the ideas above. You might be astonished at how cool you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the air conditioning working all day while your residence is vacant. Moving the temperature 7¬¬–10 degrees warmer can save you anywhere from 5–15% on your electricity bills, according to the DOE.

When you get home, don’t be tempted to set your thermostat below 78 to cool your home faster. This isn’t useful and typically leads to a higher electrical cost.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful way to keep your temperature in check, but you need to set programs. If you don’t set programs, you run the risk of forgetting to raise the set temperature when you take off.

If you want a hassle-free solution, think over getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at your house and when you’re gone. Then it automatically adjusts temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? Usually $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

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

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR advises 82 degrees, that may be too uncomfortable for most families. Many people sleep better when their bedroom is cold, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation recommends 60–67 degrees. But that could be too chilly, due to your pajama and blanket preference.

We suggest following a comparable test over a week, moving your thermostat higher and gradually lowering it to pick the best temperature for your house. On cool nights, you might discover keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a superior option than operating the AC.

More Ways to Use Less Energy During Warm Weather

There are additional ways you can spend less money on energy bills throughout hot weather.

  1. Get an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they become older. A new air conditioner can keep your house more comfortable while keeping AC
  2. expenses small.
  3. Schedule annual AC maintenance. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment working properly and might help it run at better efficiency. It could also help prolong its life cycle, since it allows techs to spot little issues before they lead to a major meltdown.
  4. Replace air filters often. Read 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 raise your energy
  5. costs.
  6. Measure attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of homes in the U.S. don’t have enough insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most southern climates need 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork examined. Ductwork that has come apart as it’s aged can let cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create major comfort problems in your residence, like hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep muggy air in its place by sealing cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more cool air indoors.

Save More Energy This Summer with B&D Air Conditioning

If you want to conserve more energy this summer, our B&D Air Conditioning pros can provide assistance. Give us a call at 928-432-6018 or contact us online for more information about our energy-conserving cooling solutions.

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