Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t need to give up comfort or empty your wallet to keep your house at a refreshing setting 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 outside temperatures, your electricity 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 appears hot, there are methods you can keep your house pleasant without having the air conditioning going constantly.

Keeping windows and blinds closed during the day keeps cold air where it should be—inside. Some window solutions, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to provide more insulation and better energy conservation.

If you have ceiling fans in your home, the DOE says you can increase thermostat temps about 4 degrees hotter without sacrificing comfort. That’s because they refresh through a windchill effect. As 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 trial for about a week. Get started by increasing your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, steadily 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 rationale for keeping the air conditioning going all day while your home is vacant. Switching the setting 7¬¬–10 degrees higher can save you anywhere from 5–15% on your AC costs, 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 produces a more expensive air conditioner cost.

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

If you want a handy solution, think over getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at home and when you’re gone. Then it instinctively adjusts 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 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 chilly, 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, moving your temp higher and gradually turning it down to select the best setting for your house. On cool nights, you could learn keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a better solution than using the air conditioning.

More Approaches to Save Energy During Hot Weather

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

  1. Install an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they get older. An updated air conditioner can keep your home comfier while keeping AC
  2. bills down.
  3. Book yearly air conditioning maintenance. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit operating smoothly and might help it work more efficiently. It could also help lengthen its life expectancy, since it helps techs to discover little problems before they create a big meltdown.
  4. Switch air filters regularly. Read manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A dirty filter can result in your system short cycling, or switch on and off too often, and raise your energy
  5. expenses.
  6. Measure attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of houses in the USA don’t have adequate 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 cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in major comfort troubles in your house, like hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep muggy air in its place by sealing holes. 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 are looking to conserve more energy during warm weather, our B & B Heating & Cooling professionals can help. Get in touch with us at 314-325-7552 or contact us online for more info about our energy-efficient cooling options.

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