Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t need to compromise on comfort or spend a lot to keep your home at a pleasant setting during the summer.

But what is the right temperature, exactly? We review suggestions from energy professionals so you can determine the best setting for your loved ones.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most people find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a huge difference between your indoor and outdoor warmth, your utility costs will be greater.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that sounds hot, there are ways you can keep your home cool without having the air conditioner running constantly.

Keeping windows and window treatments shut during the day keeps cold air where it belongs—within your home. Some window treatments, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to offer extra insulation and better energy savings.

If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can raise thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees higher without sacrificing comfort. That’s since they freshen through a windchill effect. As they cool people, not areas, switch them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too uncomfortable initially, try conducting a trial for approximately a week. Begin by raising your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, gradually turn it down while following the advice above. You might be surprised at how cool you feel at a warmer temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no reason to keep the air conditioner on all day while your house is empty. Turning the setting 7¬¬–10 degrees warmer can save you an estimated 5–15% on your cooling expenses, according to the DOE.

When you arrive home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat below 78 to cool your house more rapidly. This isn’t productive and typically leads to a bigger electrical bills.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful approach to keep your temperature in check, but you need to set programs. If you don’t set programs, you might forget to increase the set temperature when you leave.

If you want a convenient fix, think over getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at home and when you’re away. Then it automatically changes temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? Typically $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another benefit of getting a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to monitor and regulate temperature settings from almost anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR suggests 82 degrees, that may be unpleasant for many families. Many people sleep better when their bedroom is cold, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation advises 60–67 degrees. But that could be too cold, based on your PJ and blanket preference.

We suggest running an equivalent test over a week, setting your thermostat higher and steadily decreasing it to pick the best temp for your house. On mild nights, you could discover keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a superior option than running the AC.

More Methods to Use Less Energy During Warm Weather

There are additional methods you can conserve money on air conditioning bills throughout hot weather.

  1. Upgrade to an energy-efficient AC system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they become older. An updated air conditioner can keep your home comfier while keeping electricity
  2. bills down.
  3. Book regular air conditioner tune-ups. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit working properly and could help it run more efficiently. It may also help extend its life expectancy, since it enables professionals to uncover little problems before they cause an expensive meltdown.
  4. Change air filters regularly. Follow manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A dusty filter can lead to your system short cycling, or turn on and off too often, and raise your utility
  5. expenses.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of residences in the United States don’t have adequate insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. The majority of southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork examined. Ductwork that has separated over time can let cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to huge comfort issues in your residence, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep hot air in its place by sealing holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more conditioned air inside.

Use Less Energy This Summer with Booneville Heating & Cooling LLC

If you need to use less energy during hot weather, our Booneville Heating & Cooling LLC pros can help. Give us a call at 662-269-8716 or contact us online for additional information about our energy-efficient cooling solutions.

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