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Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t need to give up 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 people find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a major difference between your indoor and exterior temperatures, your cooling bills will be bigger.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that seems warm, there are methods you can keep your house refreshing without having the air conditioner on constantly.

Keeping windows and curtains closed during the day keeps chilled air where it needs to be—within your home. Some window treatments, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to deliver extra insulation and enhanced energy efficiency.

If you have ceiling fans in your home, the DOE says you can increase thermostat temps about 4 degrees hotter without compromising comfort. That’s since they refresh through a windchill effect. As they cool people, not rooms, shut them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still appears too hot at first glance, try conducting a test for approximately a week. Get started by upping your setting to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, gradually decrease it while following the ideas above. You may be surprised at how refreshed you feel at a warmer temperature setting.

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

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

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

If you’re looking for a hassle-free resolution, think over buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at your house and when you’re gone. Then it intuitively changes temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? Usually $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another benefit 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 suggests 82 degrees, that might be unbearable for the majority of families. Most people sleep better when their sleeping area is cold, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation advises 60–67 degrees. But that may be too chilly, depending on your pajama and blanket preference.

We recommend trying an equivalent test over a week, putting your temp higher and slowly turning it down to locate the best temperature for your house. On cool nights, you may discover keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a preferable idea than operating the air conditioner.

More Methods to Save Energy During Warm Weather

There are added approaches you can save money on utility 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 residence comfier while keeping cooling
  2. expenses low.
  3. Schedule regular air conditioner maintenance. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment running smoothly and could help it work at better efficiency. It might also help lengthen its life span, since it enables techs to spot seemingly insignificant problems before they cause an expensive meltdown.
  4. Switch air filters regularly. Follow manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A dirty filter can lead to your system short cycling, or switch on and off too much, and raise your utility
  5. costs.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of residences in the U.S. don’t have adequate insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. The majority of southern climates need 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork examined. Ductwork that has come apart over time can let conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to huge comfort issues in your house, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep muggy air where it should be by closing holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more conditioned air indoors.

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