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

Here’s what we advise 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 big difference between your indoor and exterior warmth, your AC 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 seems too high, there are ways you can keep your residence refreshing without having the air conditioning on frequently.

Keeping windows and window treatments down during the day keeps chilled air where it belongs—inside. Some window treatments, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to offer extra insulation and better energy efficiency.

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

If 78 degrees still seems too uncomfortable initially, try conducting an experiment for a week or so. Start by raising your setting to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, steadily decrease it while using the advice above. You might be amazed at how comfortable you feel at a hotter temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no reason to keep the air conditioning going all day while your house is empty. 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 house more quickly. This isn’t effective and typically leads to a higher AC expense.

A programmable thermostat is a good approach to keep your temperature in check, but you have 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 need a convenient solution, think about installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your residence and when you’re gone. 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 installing 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 advises 82 degrees, that could be unpleasant for many families. The majority of people sleep better when their sleeping space is chilly, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation advises 60–67 degrees. But that could be too chilly, due to your clothing and blanket preference.

We advise trying a comparable test over a week, moving your thermostat higher and slowly lowering it to locate the ideal setting for your family. On pleasant nights, you may discover keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a better option than using the air conditioning.

More Approaches to Save Energy During Hot Weather

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

  1. Buy an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they get older. A new air conditioner can keep your residence more comfortable while keeping electricity
  2. costs down.
  3. Book regular air conditioner maintenance. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment operating like it should and may help it operate more efficiently. It might also help extend its life expectancy, since it helps techs to pinpoint little troubles before they lead to an expensive meltdown.
  4. Replace air filters regularly. Use manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A clogged filter can result in your system short cycling, or run too frequently, and drive up your energy
  5. costs.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Nearly 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 should have 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 big comfort issues in your home, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep hot air in its place by closing openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more cool air inside.

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

If you want to use less energy this summer, our Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning experts can help. Get in touch with us at 805-242-9638 or contact us online for more info about our energy-conserving cooling options.

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