Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t be forced to give up comfort or empty your wallet to keep your residence at a refreshing temp during summer weather.

But what is the right temperature, exactly? We go over ideas from energy pros so you can find the best setting for your residence.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most people find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a major difference between your indoor and exterior temperatures, your electricity bills will be greater.

This is our advice based on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and ENERGY STAR®.

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

Keeping windows and curtains closed during the day keeps chilled air where it should be—inside. Some window coverings, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to offer added insulation and better energy conservation.

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

If 78 degrees still appears too uncomfortable initially, try running a test for about a week. Begin by upping your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, progressively turn it down while following the advice above. You may be shocked at how cool you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the air conditioner working all day while your home is empty. Moving the setting 7¬¬–10 degrees higher can save you anywhere from 5–15% on your air conditioning expenses, according to the DOE.

When you get home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat below 78 to cool your home more rapidly. This isn’t useful and usually leads to a bigger cooling cost.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful method to keep your temperature in check, but it requires setting programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you run the risk of forgetting to increase the set temperature when you go.

If you want a handy solution, think about buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at home and when you’re out. Then it instinctively adjusts 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 adjust temperature settings from just about anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR advises 82 degrees, that may be too uncomfortable for many families. The majority of people sleep better when their bedroom is chilled, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation suggests 60–67 degrees. But that might be too cool, due to your pajama and blanket preference.

We recommend using a similar test over a week, putting your temperature higher and gradually turning it down to find the best setting for your residence. On cool nights, you could discover keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a better solution than operating the AC.

More Methods to Save Energy During Hot Weather

There are added methods you can save money on AC bills throughout hot weather.

  1. Install an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they become older. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your home cooler while keeping electricity
  2. bills down.
  3. Set regular AC maintenance. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment operating smoothly and could help it work more efficiently. It could also help lengthen its life expectancy, since it helps techs to discover seemingly insignificant problems before they lead to a big meltdown.
  4. Switch air filters often. Use 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 raise your energy
  5. costs.
  6. Measure attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of houses in the USA don’t have proper 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 inspected. Ductwork that has loosened over the years can let conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create major comfort troubles in your house, like hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep warm air in its place by sealing openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more cool air indoors.

Conserve More Energy This Summer with B & B Heating & Cooling

If you need to conserve more energy during hot weather, our B & B Heating & Cooling professionals can help. Get in touch with us at 314-325-7552 or contact us online for more details about our energy-efficient cooling options.

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