Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t have to give up comfort or drain your wallet to keep your residence at a refreshing setting during warm days.

But what is the right temp, exactly? We discuss advice from energy professionals so you can determine the best temp for your house.

Here’s what we advise for the most energy-efficient setting for air conditioning in Cape Coral.

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a sizeable difference between your inside and outside temps, your AC expenses will be larger.

This is our advice based on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and ENERGY STAR®.

While at home: 78 degrees. While that appears hot, there are ways you can keep your residence pleasant without having the air conditioning running all the time.

Keeping windows and window treatments down during the day keeps cold air where it needs to be—inside. Some window treatments, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to offer more insulation and enhanced energy conservation.

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can move thermostat temps about 4 degrees warmer without sacrificing comfort. That’s due to the fact they freshen by a windchill effect. Because they cool people, not areas, switch them off when you move from a room.

If 78 degrees still appears too warm on the surface, try doing a trial for a week or so. Begin by raising your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, progressively decrease it while using the tips above. You could be shocked at how comfortable you feel at a hotter temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the air conditioning going all day while your house is vacant. Switching the temp 7¬¬–10 degrees warmer can save you as much as 5–15% on your electrical bills, according to the DOE.

When you get home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your home more rapidly. This isn’t productive and usually produces a more expensive AC bills.

A programmable thermostat is a useful approach to keep your temp under control, but you need to set programs. If you don’t use programs, you risk forgetting to increase the set temperature when you take off.

If you want a convenient resolution, consider getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your residence and when you’re gone. Then it automatically modifies temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? About $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another plus of getting a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to watch and adjust temperature settings from almost anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR recommends 82 degrees, that may be unpleasant for most families. Most people sleep better when their sleeping area is cold, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation suggests 60–67 degrees. But that may be too cool, based on your pajama and blanket preference.

We advise running an equivalent test over a week, moving your temp higher and steadily lowering it to determine the ideal setting for your residence. On pleasant nights, you may find keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a better option than using the air conditioner.

More Approaches to Save Energy During Warm Weather

There are additional methods you can conserve money on energy bills throughout warm weather.

  1. Upgrade to an energy-efficient air conditioning 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 house cooler while keeping cooling
  2. bills small.
  3. Schedule annual air conditioning maintenance. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit operating properly and could help it operate more efficiently. It can also help prolong its life cycle, since it enables professionals to discover seemingly insignificant issues before they cause a big meltdown.
  4. Put in new air filters regularly. Read manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A dusty filter can lead to your system short cycling, or turn on and off too often, and raise your electricity
  5. costs.
  6. Check attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of homes in the USA don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most southern climates should have 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork inspected. Ductwork that has come apart as it’s aged can seep conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to big comfort troubles in your house, such as hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep hot air in its place by sealing holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more cool air indoors.

Conserve More Energy This Summer with Comfort Zone Inc

If you need to save more energy this summer, our Comfort Zone Inc pros can help. Give us a call at 239-214-0411 or contact us online for more information about our energy-conserving cooling solutions.

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