Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t need to sacrifice comfort or spend a lot to keep your house at a pleasant temperature during the summer.

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

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most people find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a sizeable difference between your indoor and outside 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 approaches you can keep your home cool without having the air conditioning on constantly.

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

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

If 78 degrees still appears too uncomfortable on the surface, try doing a test for about a week. Begin by raising your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, steadily lower it while using the ideas above. You could be surprised at how cool you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the air conditioning going all day while your house is empty. Switching the temperature 7¬¬–10 degrees warmer can save you anywhere from 5–15% on your electricity bills, according to the DOE.

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

A programmable thermostat is a helpful way to keep your temperature in check, but you have 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 about buying 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 best savings. How much exactly? Usually $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another advantage of having 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 advises 82 degrees, that may be too uncomfortable for most families. The majority of people sleep better when their bedroom is cold, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation recommends 60–67 degrees. But that may be too chilly, due to your pajama and blanket preference.

We suggest following a comparable test over a week, moving your thermostat higher and progressively decreasing it to locate the right temperature for your residence. On cool nights, you could learn keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a superior option than using the air conditioning.

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 get older. A new air conditioner can keep your house more comfortable while keeping electricity
  2. costs down.
  3. Schedule annual AC maintenance. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit working like it should and might help it run at greater efficiency. It could also help lengthen its life expectancy, since it allows techs to pinpoint little troubles before they lead to a major meltdown.
  4. Replace air filters regularly. Use manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A dirty filter can lead to your system short cycling, or turn on and off too much, and increase your energy
  5. costs.
  6. Inspect 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 require 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has loosened as it’s aged can seep cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in major comfort problems in your residence, like hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep warm air where it should be 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 use less 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-saving cooling solutions.

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