Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t need to give up comfort or spend a lot to keep your residence at a refreshing temperature during the summer.

But what is the ideal setting, exactly? We go over recommendations from energy pros so you can select the best temp for your residence.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most households find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a huge difference between your indoor and outdoor temperatures, your electricity bills 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 warm, there are ways you can keep your home refreshing without having the air conditioning running constantly.

Keeping windows and window treatments down during the day keeps cool air where it needs to be—indoors. Some window solutions, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to offer added insulation and improved energy savings.

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can raise thermostat temps about 4 degrees higher without sacrificing comfort. That’s due to the fact they refresh with a windchill effect. As they cool people, not spaces, shut them off when you leave a room.

If 78 degrees still seems too warm initially, try doing a trial for a week or so. Start by upping your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, gradually lower it while adhering to the tips above. You might be surprised at how comfortable you feel at a warmer temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the AC working all day while your residence is unoccupied. Switching the temperature 7¬¬–10 degrees hotter can save you an estimated 5–15% on your cooling expenses, according to the DOE.

When you come home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your residence more quickly. This isn’t useful and usually leads to a more expensive electrical expense.

A programmable thermostat is a useful approach to keep your settings in check, but you need to set programs. If you don’t use programs, you run the risk of forgetting to increase the set temperature when you take off.

If you need a convenient fix, think about buying 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 changes temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? About $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another benefit of using a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to watch and regulate temperature settings from nearly anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR suggests 82 degrees, that might be unbearable for the majority of families. The majority of people sleep better when their bedroom is chilly, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation recommends 60–67 degrees. But that may be too cold, due to your clothing and blanket preference.

We suggest following a comparable test over a week, moving your temp higher and steadily turning it down to select the best temp for your residence. On cool nights, you may find keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a superior idea than using the AC.

More Ways to Conserve Energy This Summer

There are additional ways you can conserve money on energy bills throughout hot weather.

  1. Get an energy-efficient AC system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they become older. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your residence cooler while keeping electrical
  2. bills down.
  3. Book annual AC tune-ups. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment working properly and could help it work at better efficiency. It might also help extend its life span, since it allows technicians to uncover seemingly insignificant troubles before they create a major meltdown.
  4. Put in new air filters regularly. Use manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A clogged filter can cause your system to short cycle, or switch on and off too frequently, and raise your electrical
  5. bills.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of homes 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 should have 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork examined. Ductwork that has separated over the years can let cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in huge comfort issues in your house, such as hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep humid air where it belongs by sealing cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more cold air indoors.

Save More Energy This Summer with Dave's Diversified Services

If you are looking to save more energy during warm weather, our Dave's Diversified Services specialists can assist you. Give us a call at 540-369-3971 or contact us online for additional info about our energy-conserving cooling options.

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