Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t be forced to compromise on comfort or drain your wallet to keep your house at the right temp during hot days.

But what is the ideal temp, exactly? We discuss suggestions from energy specialists so you can find the best temperature for your family.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most households find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a major difference between your indoor and exterior temperatures, your utility bills 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 appears warm, there are ways you can keep your residence cool without having the air conditioning going constantly.

Keeping windows and blinds down during the day keeps chilled air where it should be—inside. Some window treatments, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to provide more insulation and enhanced energy efficiency.

If you have ceiling fans in your home, the DOE says you can increase thermostat settings about 4 degrees warmer without compromising comfort. That’s due to the fact they cool through a windchill effect. As they cool people, not areas, turn them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still appears too uncomfortable at first glance, try conducting a trial for about a week. Get started by increasing your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, gradually decrease it while adhering to the ideas above. You could be shocked at how comfortable you feel at a hotter temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the air conditioning working all day while your house is vacant. Switching the temperature 7¬¬–10 degrees higher can save you anywhere from 5–15% on your electricity expenses, according to the DOE.

When you arrive home, don’t be tempted to set your thermostat below 78 to cool your home more quickly. This isn’t useful and usually results in a higher AC cost.

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

If you’re looking for a convenient fix, think about installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at your house and when you’re away. Then it automatically modifies temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? About $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another perk of installing a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to watch and change temperature settings from almost anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR advises 82 degrees, that could be too uncomfortable for the majority of families. The majority of people sleep better when their sleeping area is cold, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation suggests 60–67 degrees. But that could be too cold, based on your pajama and blanket preference.

We recommend trying a comparable test over a week, putting your temp higher and progressively turning it down to find the best temperature for your house. On mild nights, you might learn keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a better solution than using the air conditioner.

More Ways to Use Less Energy This Summer

There are extra methods you can spend less money on energy bills throughout the summer.

  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 house more comfortable while keeping cooling
  2. bills small.
  3. Schedule annual air conditioning tune-ups. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment running like it should and may help it operate more efficiently. It can also help lengthen its life expectancy, since it helps professionals to spot seemingly insignificant problems before they create a big meltdown.
  4. Replace air filters regularly. Read manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A dusty filter can lead to your system short cycling, or switch on and off too much, and drive up your energy
  5. expenses.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of houses in the U.S. don’t have adequate insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most southern climates need 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork examined. Ductwork that has loosened over the years can seep cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create big comfort issues in your house, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep warm air where it belongs by closing holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more cold air inside.

Conserve More Energy During Hot Weather with 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.

If you want to save more energy during warm weather, our 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. professionals can provide assistance. Give us a call at 949-204-0859 or contact us online for extra information about our energy-efficient cooling options.

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