Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t be forced to give up comfort or drain your wallet to keep your house at a refreshing temperature during muggy weather.

But what is the ideal temperature, exactly? We go over recommendations from energy pros so you can select the best temperature for your residence.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most people find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a big difference between your indoor and outside warmth, your electricity costs will be higher.

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 ways you can keep your home pleasant without having the AC running constantly.

Keeping windows and blinds closed during the day keeps cool air where it belongs—inside. Some window coverings, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to give added insulation and enhanced energy savings.

If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can move thermostat settings about 4 degrees hotter without giving up comfort. That’s because they cool by a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not spaces, switch them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too warm at first glance, try conducting a test for a week or so. Begin by upping your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, gradually decrease it while using the advice above. You might be astonished at how cool you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the air conditioning running all day while your residence is unoccupied. Moving the setting 7¬¬–10 degrees warmer can save you an estimated 5–15% on your electricity bills, according to the DOE.

When you get home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your house more quickly. This isn’t effective and typically produces a more expensive air conditioner cost.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful way to keep your temp in check, but it requires setting programs. If you don’t set programs, you risk forgetting to change the set temperature when you take off.

If you’re looking for a convenient resolution, think about buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at your residence and when you’re away. Then it intuitively modifies temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? An estimated $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

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

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR suggests 82 degrees, that could be unpleasant for the majority of families. Many 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, based on your clothing and blanket preference.

We recommend running a similar test over a week, setting your temp higher and steadily turning it down to pinpoint the ideal temp for your family. On pleasant nights, you could learn keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a preferable solution than running the air conditioner.

More Methods to Use Less Energy During Warm Weather

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

  1. Upgrade to an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they age. A new air conditioner can keep your home more comfortable while keeping electricity
  2. costs small.
  3. Schedule annual AC service. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your system working smoothly and might help it run at greater efficiency. It may also help prolong its life expectancy, since it helps techs to discover seemingly insignificant problems before they create an expensive meltdown.
  4. Switch air filters regularly. Follow manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A clogged filter can lead to your system short cycling, or switch on and off too frequently, and drive up your cooling
  5. expenses.
  6. Measure attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of homes in the United States don’t have enough insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates need 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork examined. Ductwork that has loosened as it’s aged can seep conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create major comfort issues in your house, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep humid air where it belongs by closing holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more conditioned air indoors.

Save More Energy This Summer with Keystone Heating & Air Conditioning Co., Inc

If you are looking to save more energy during warm weather, our Keystone Heating & Air Conditioning Co., Inc pros can assist you. Give us a call at 262-358-9468 or contact us online for additional details about our energy-saving cooling products.

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