Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t be forced to compromise on comfort or spend a lot to keep your home at a pleasant temp during muggy weather.

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 households find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a big difference between your indoor and outdoor warmth, your utility costs will be bigger.

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 down during the day keeps cold air where it belongs—inside. Some window treatments, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to offer extra insulation and improved energy conservation.

If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can raise thermostat temps about 4 degrees warmer without sacrificing comfort. That’s since they refresh through a windchill effect. Because they cool people, not rooms, shut them off when you move from a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too warm initially, try conducting a trial for about 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 hotter temperature setting.

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

When you arrive home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat below 78 to cool your house more rapidly. This isn’t useful and typically produces a more expensive 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 risk forgetting to increase the set temperature when you leave.

If you want a handy fix, think about buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat links 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 best savings. How much exactly? About $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 adjust temperature settings from nearly anywhere.

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

We suggest using a comparable test over a week, setting your thermostat higher and steadily lowering it to locate the right temp for your house. On mild nights, you could learn keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a superior option than running the AC.

More Methods to Conserve Energy During Hot Weather

There are additional approaches you can conserve money on cooling bills throughout hot weather.

  1. Get an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they become older. An updated air conditioner can keep your home cooler while keeping electricity
  2. bills small.
  3. Book regular air conditioner service. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit operating properly and could help it run more efficiently. It may also help extend its life expectancy, since it enables professionals to find 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 much, and increase your utility
  5. expenses.
  6. Measure attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of residences in the U.S. don’t have adequate insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. The majority of southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has separated over time can seep conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to big comfort issues in your house, 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 seal more conditioned air within your home.

Conserve More Energy This Summer with Booneville Heating & Cooling LLC

If you need to use less energy during warm weather, our Booneville Heating & Cooling LLC experts 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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