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 hot days.

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

Here’s what we suggest 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 exterior temps, your AC costs will be larger.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that seems hot, there are ways you can keep your house pleasant without having the air conditioning running frequently.

Keeping windows and window treatments down during the day keeps chilled air where it should be—within your home. Some window treatments, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to offer more insulation and enhanced energy savings.

If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can move thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees warmer without sacrificing comfort. That’s due to the fact they freshen with a windchill effect. As they cool people, not rooms, shut them off when you exit a room.

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

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the air conditioner going all day while your house is vacant. Moving the setting 7¬¬–10 degrees hotter 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 useful and usually produces a more expensive electrical bills.

A programmable thermostat is a good method to keep your temp controlled, but you need to set programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you might forget to increase the set temperature when you go.

If you need a convenient resolution, consider buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your house and when you’re gone. Then it automatically modifies temperature settings for the best 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 keep an eye on and regulate temperature settings from nearly anywhere.

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

We suggest using an equivalent test over a week, putting your temperature higher and steadily decreasing it to determine the ideal setting for your house. 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 Methods to Save Energy During Hot Weather

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

  1. Upgrade to an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they get older. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your residence comfier while keeping cooling
  2. bills small.
  3. Schedule annual AC maintenance. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit operating like it should and might help it work more efficiently. It may also help prolong its life cycle, since it enables professionals to discover seemingly insignificant troubles before they cause a big meltdown.
  4. Put in new air filters often. Read manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A dusty filter can lead to your system short cycling, or switch on and off too often, and increase your electricity
  5. costs.
  6. Check attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of homes in the USA don’t have adequate insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most southern climates require 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 cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to big comfort issues in your house, like hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep hot air where it should be by sealing holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more cool air indoors.

Conserve More Energy This Summer with Comfort Zone Inc

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

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