Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t have to sacrifice comfort or drain your wallet to keep your house at a refreshing temperature during summer weather.

But what is the ideal temp, exactly? We review ideas from energy specialists so you can choose the best setting for your loved ones.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a huge difference between your indoor and outside temps, your utility costs will be larger.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that appears too high, there are ways you can keep your residence refreshing without having the air conditioner on all the time.

Keeping windows and window treatments down during the day keeps chilled air where it belongs—within your home. Some window treatments, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to provide extra insulation and improved energy efficiency.

If you have ceiling fans in your home, the DOE says you can increase thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees warmer without giving up comfort. That’s due to the fact they freshen with a windchill effect. Because they cool people, not areas, shut them off when you move from a room.

If 78 degrees still seems too warm initially, try doing an experiment for a week or so. Start by raising your setting to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, progressively turn it down while adhering to the advice above. You could be amazed at how comfortable you feel at a hotter temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no reason to keep the air conditioner working all day while your house is vacant. Switching the setting 7¬¬–10 degrees higher can save you an estimated 5–15% on your electrical bills, according to the DOE.

When you come home, don’t be tempted to set your thermostat below 78 to cool your residence more rapidly. This isn’t effective and typically produces a higher AC expense.

A programmable thermostat is a useful method to keep your temperature in check, but you need to set programs. If you don’t set programs, you run the risk of forgetting to change the set temperature when you go.

If you want a handy solution, think over installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your house and when you’re out. Then it automatically adjusts temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? Typically $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another perk of having 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 suggests 82 degrees, that could be unpleasant for many families. The majority of people sleep better when their sleeping space is chilled, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation suggests 60–67 degrees. But that may be too chilly, due to your clothing and blanket preference.

We advise trying a comparable test over a week, putting your thermostat higher and slowly decreasing it to locate the ideal setting for your family. On pleasant nights, you may discover keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a better option than operating the AC.

More Methods to Save Energy During Warm Weather

There are additional methods you can save money on AC bills throughout hot weather.

  1. Buy an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they become older. A new air conditioner can keep your residence more comfortable while keeping electricity
  2. expenses small.
  3. Book yearly air conditioner maintenance. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit working properly and may help it operate more efficiently. It might also help extend its life expectancy, since it helps techs to spot little issues before they create an expensive meltdown.
  4. Switch air filters regularly. Use manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A clogged filter can lead to your system short cycling, or run too frequently, and drive up your electrical
  5. expenses.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of houses in the United States don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. The majority of southern climates should have 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has separated as it’s aged can seep cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in huge comfort issues in your home, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep hot air where it should be by plugging holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more cool air within your home.

Save More Energy During Warm Weather with Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning

If you want to use less energy this summer, our Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning pros can help. Reach us at 805-242-9638 or contact us online for more details about our energy-saving cooling options.

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