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Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t be forced to compromise on comfort or drain your wallet to keep your residence at the right temperature during summer weather.

But what is the ideal temp, exactly? We discuss advice from energy pros so you can select the best setting for your loved ones.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most households find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a major difference between your indoor and exterior temperatures, your cooling bills 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 residence refreshing without having the air conditioner going constantly.

Keeping windows and blinds closed during the day keeps chilled air where it should be—within your home. Some window treatments, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to deliver extra insulation and enhanced energy efficiency.

If you have ceiling fans in your home, the DOE says you can move thermostat temps about 4 degrees hotter without compromising comfort. That’s due to the fact they freshen through a windchill effect. As they cool people, not areas, switch them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still seems too hot at first glance, try conducting a test for about a week. Begin by increasing your setting to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, gradually decrease it while following the ideas above. You may be astonished at how refreshed you feel at a hotter temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no reason to keep the air conditioner going all day while your home is unoccupied. Switching the temp 7¬¬–10 degrees higher can save you as much as 5–15% on your cooling expenses, according to the DOE.

When you come home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat under 78 to cool your home faster. This isn’t effective and typically produces a higher electricity bills.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful way to keep your temperature under control, but it requires setting programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you risk forgetting to raise the set temperature when you take off.

If you’re looking for a hassle-free resolution, think about getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at your residence and when you’re gone. Then it intuitively modifies temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? Usually $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another perk of getting a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to monitor and change temperature settings from almost anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR advises 82 degrees, that might be unbearable for many families. Most people sleep better when their sleeping area is cold, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation suggests 60–67 degrees. But that could be too cold, depending on your pajama and blanket preference.

We recommend trying a comparable test over a week, moving your temperature higher and slowly turning it down to locate the right temperature for your residence. On pleasant nights, you may discover keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a superior option than using the air conditioner.

More Approaches to Save Energy During Hot Weather

There are added methods you can save money on cooling bills throughout the summer.

  1. Get an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they become older. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your house cooler while keeping utility
  2. expenses low.
  3. Schedule regular air conditioner maintenance. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment running smoothly and could help it operate at better efficiency. It might also help prolong its life span, since it enables techs to spot seemingly insignificant problems before they cause an expensive meltdown.
  4. Replace air filters often. Follow manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A dirty filter can lead to your system short cycling, or turn on and off too much, and increase your utility
  5. expenses.
  6. Measure attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of houses in the U.S. don’t have adequate insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates need 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork examined. Ductwork that has loosened over time can let cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to huge comfort troubles in your house, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep warm air in its place by plugging openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more cold air indoors.

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