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Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

June 04, 2020

You shouldn’t have to sacrifice comfort or drain your wallet to keep your house at a refreshing temperature during hot days.

But what is the right temp, exactly? We discuss recommendations from energy pros so you can determine the best setting for your home.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most households find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a sizeable difference between your inside and outdoor temperatures, your electricity bills will be greater.

This is our advice 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 cool without having the air conditioner on frequently.

Keeping windows and window treatments down during the day keeps chilled air where it belongs—inside. Some window treatments, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to provide more insulation and improved energy savings.

If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can move thermostat settings about 4 degrees higher without compromising comfort. That’s due to the fact they freshen by a windchill effect. Because they cool people, not spaces, switch them off when you leave a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too warm initially, try conducting a test for a week or so. Start by raising your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, progressively lower it while following the ideas above. You may be surprised at how refreshed you feel at a warmer temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the air conditioner on all day while your residence 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 set your thermostat under 78 to cool your residence faster. This isn’t productive and usually leads to a more expensive air conditioner cost.

A programmable thermostat is a good approach to keep your settings in check, but you have to set programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you might forget to raise the set temperature when you take off.

If you’re looking for a handy resolution, think over buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at home and when you’re out. Then it automatically modifies temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? An estimated $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another perk of installing 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 could be unpleasant for most families. The majority of people sleep better when their bedroom is chilled, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation suggests 60–67 degrees. But that might be too chilly, based on your PJ and blanket preference.

We recommend using an equivalent test over a week, putting your thermostat higher and gradually turning it down to choose the right temperature for your family. On mild nights, you could learn keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a preferable solution than using the AC.

More Approaches to Save Energy This Summer

There are extra approaches you can conserve money on utility bills throughout hot weather.

  1. Get an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they become older. An updated air conditioner can keep your house comfier while keeping utility
  2. bills down.
  3. Book annual AC tune-ups. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit operating like it should and could help it operate more efficiently. It could also help extend its life expectancy, since it helps professionals to uncover seemingly insignificant issues before they create an expensive meltdown.
  4. Switch air filters often. Read manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A clogged filter can cause your system to short cycle, or switch on and off too frequently, and drive up your utility
  5. costs.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of homes in the U.S. don’t have adequate insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has separated over the years can seep cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create major comfort problems in your house, such as hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep muggy air where it belongs by closing openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more cool air inside.

Save More Energy During Warm Weather with Aggressive Mechanical

If you are looking to conserve more energy during warm weather, our Aggressive Mechanical pros can help. Reach us at 732-806-5536 or contact us online for more information about our energy-conserving cooling solutions.