Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t have to sacrifice comfort or spend a lot to keep your residence at a refreshing temperature during warm days.

But what is the right temperature, exactly? We discuss advice from energy pros so you can select the best setting for your loved ones.

Here’s what we recommend for the most energy-efficient setting for air conditioning in Grove City.

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a big difference between your indoor and outside temperatures, your utility bills 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 sounds too high, there are ways you can keep your residence refreshing without having the air conditioning running frequently.

Keeping windows and window treatments closed during the day keeps cold air where it needs to be—within your home. Some window solutions, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to provide added insulation and improved energy conservation.

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can raise thermostat settings about 4 degrees hotter without compromising comfort. That’s since they freshen with a windchill effect. As they cool people, not rooms, switch them off when you move from a room.

If 78 degrees still appears too hot at first glance, try conducting an experiment for about a week. Begin by upping your setting to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, steadily decrease it while adhering to the suggestions above. You could be astonished at how refreshed you feel at a hotter temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the AC working all day while your house is empty. Turning the temperature 7¬¬–10 degrees warmer can save you an estimated 5–15% on your air conditioning bills, according to the DOE.

When you come home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat under 78 to cool your house faster. This isn’t useful and usually produces a bigger electrical cost.

A programmable thermostat is a good method to keep your settings under control, but it requires setting programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you might forget to move the set temperature when you leave.

If you’re looking for a hassle-free resolution, think about getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at home and when you’re out. Then it intuitively changes temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? Usually $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another plus of getting a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to monitor and regulate temperature settings from just about anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR suggests 82 degrees, that might be too uncomfortable for many families. Many people sleep better when their sleeping area is chilled, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation recommends 60–67 degrees. But that may be too chilly, due to your PJ and blanket preference.

We recommend trying a similar test over a week, putting your temperature higher and slowly decreasing it to determine the right setting for your residence. On mild nights, you might discover keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a preferable solution than running the air conditioner.

More Ways to Save Energy During Hot Weather

There are added ways you can save money on AC bills throughout hot weather.

  1. Buy an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they become older. An updated air conditioner can keep your house cooler while keeping utility
  2. bills down.
  3. Book annual air conditioner maintenance. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment running like it should and could help it operate at better efficiency. It could also help lengthen its life cycle, since it enables professionals to discover small issues before they lead to a major meltdown.
  4. Change air filters regularly. Use manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A dirty filter can result in your system short cycling, or switch on and off too much, and drive up your electricity
  5. costs.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of homes in the USA don’t have enough insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates need 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork examined. Ductwork that has separated over the years can let cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in huge comfort issues in your house, like hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep hot air where it should be by closing cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more cool air within your home.

Conserve More Energy This Summer with Air Quality Solutions

If you are looking to save more energy during warm weather, our Air Quality Solutions pros can provide assistance. Get in touch with us at 614-871-4144 or contact us online for more info about our energy-saving cooling products.

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