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 the summer.

But what is the right setting, exactly? We go over advice from energy specialists so you can find the best temperature for your family.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a huge difference between your indoor and outdoor temperatures, your utility costs 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 sounds warm, there are approaches you can keep your house pleasant without having the AC running frequently.

Keeping windows and curtains down during the day keeps chilled air where it should be—within your home. Some window coverings, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to give more insulation and better energy efficiency.

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can increase thermostat settings about 4 degrees higher without giving up comfort. That’s since they refresh with a windchill effect. Because they cool people, not rooms, shut them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too uncomfortable at first glance, try running an experiment for about a week. Get started by raising your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, gradually decrease it while adhering to the suggestions above. You might be surprised at how cool you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the AC running all day while your home is unoccupied. Turning the setting 7¬¬–10 degrees warmer can save you as much as 5–15% on your air conditioning expenses, according to the DOE.

When you get home, don’t be tempted to set your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your home more quickly. This isn’t effective and typically results in a bigger air conditioner bills.

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

If you need a handy resolution, consider installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at your house and when you’re out. Then it intuitively adjusts temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? An estimated $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another benefit of installing a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to keep an eye on and adjust temperature settings from just about anywhere.

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

We advise running an equivalent test over a week, setting your temp higher and gradually decreasing it to pinpoint the right setting for your family. On mild nights, you might learn keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a superior option than operating the AC.

More Methods to Use Less Energy During Hot Weather

There are extra ways you can spend less money on air conditioning bills throughout hot weather.

  1. Get an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they age. An updated air conditioner can keep your house cooler while keeping cooling
  2. expenses down.
  3. Set annual air conditioning tune-ups. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment running like it should and may help it operate at greater efficiency. It could also help lengthen its life cycle, since it enables pros to pinpoint little problems before they create a big meltdown.
  4. Put in new air filters often. Read manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A dusty filter can cause your system to short cycle, or turn on and off too often, and increase your electricity
  5. expenses.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of houses in the USA don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most southern climates should have 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has come apart over time can let conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in major comfort problems in your home, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep hot air where it should be by sealing openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more conditioned air indoors.

Save More Energy This Summer with North Mechanical Heating and Cooling

If you need to use less energy during hot weather, our North Mechanical Heating and Cooling pros can provide assistance. Give us a call at 928-263-8570 or contact us online for more information about our energy-efficient cooling products.

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