Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t have to give up comfort or empty your wallet to keep your residence at a pleasant temp during the summer.

But what is the ideal setting, exactly? We discuss advice from energy pros so you can select the best temp for your home.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most households find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a big difference between your interior and exterior temps, your electricity costs will be higher.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that sounds warm, there are methods you can keep your house refreshing without having the air conditioner running constantly.

Keeping windows and curtains down during the day keeps chilled air where it should be—inside. Some window solutions, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to give added insulation and better energy savings.

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

If 78 degrees still feels too warm initially, try doing a trial for approximately a week. Start by raising your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, steadily lower it while adhering to the suggestions above. You could be amazed at how cool you feel at a hotter temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the air conditioner on all day while your residence is unoccupied. Turning the temp 7¬¬–10 degrees hotter can save you an estimated 5–15% on your cooling costs, according to the DOE.

When you arrive home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat under 78 to cool your home faster. This isn’t effective and typically produces a bigger cooling bills.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful way to keep your temp under control, but you need to set programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you risk forgetting to move the set temperature when you go.

If you want a convenient remedy, think about buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it knows when you’re at home and when you’re away. Then it automatically adjusts temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? Typically $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another advantage of getting a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to monitor and change temperature settings from almost anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR recommends 82 degrees, that could be too uncomfortable for the majority of 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 might be too cold, due to your pajama and blanket preference.

We advise trying a similar test over a week, moving your temp higher and slowly lowering it to locate the right temperature for your house. On pleasant nights, you may find keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a better idea than operating the AC.

More Approaches to Conserve Energy This Summer

There are additional methods you can spend less money on AC bills throughout the summer.

  1. Upgrade to an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they get older. A new air conditioner can keep your house cooler while keeping AC
  2. expenses down.
  3. Schedule regular AC tune-ups. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit working properly and could help it operate at greater efficiency. It may also help prolong its life expectancy, since it helps techs to uncover seemingly insignificant problems before they create a major meltdown.
  4. Put in new air filters regularly. Follow manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A clogged filter can result in your system short cycling, or switch on and off too often, and raise your electricity
  5. bills.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of houses in the U.S. don’t have adequate insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. The majority of southern climates should have 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 cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create huge comfort issues in your residence, such as hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep humid air where it should be by closing holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more cold air indoors.

Save More Energy During Warm Weather with Patterson & Stirling Inc

If you want to save more energy during hot weather, our Patterson & Stirling Inc pros can assist you. Get in touch with us at 814-308-0416 or contact us online for more details about our energy-efficient cooling options.

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