Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t be forced to sacrifice comfort or drain your wallet to keep your house at a refreshing setting during summer weather.

But what is the best setting, exactly? We review suggestions from energy professionals 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 Savage.

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most people find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a big difference between your inside and outdoor warmth, your electricity expenses 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 seems warm, there are ways you can keep your house pleasant without having the air conditioner going all the time.

Keeping windows and curtains closed during the day keeps cool air where it needs to be—inside. Some window coverings, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to provide more insulation and enhanced energy savings.

If you have ceiling fans in your home, the DOE says you can raise thermostat temps about 4 degrees warmer without compromising comfort. That’s since they cool by a windchill effect. As they cool people, not spaces, switch them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still seems too warm on the surface, try doing a trial for approximately a week. Start by upping your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, progressively turn it down while adhering to the suggestions above. You may be amazed at how cool you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the air conditioning working all day while your house is empty. Turning the setting 7¬¬–10 degrees warmer can save you as much as 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 house faster. This isn’t productive and often results in a more expensive electricity expense.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful way to keep your settings under control, but you need to set programs. If you don’t use programs, you risk forgetting to increase the set temperature when you leave.

If you want a handy fix, consider getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at home and when you’re out. Then it intuitively adjusts temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? About $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another benefit of installing a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to monitor and change temperature settings from nearly anywhere.

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

We recommend trying a comparable test over a week, putting your temp higher and gradually turning it down to locate the best temp for your residence. On pleasant nights, you could discover keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a superior idea than using the air conditioner.

More Ways to Conserve Energy During Hot Weather

There are extra approaches you can save money on utility bills throughout the summer.

  1. Buy an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they age. An updated air conditioner can keep your residence cooler while keeping cooling
  2. costs low.
  3. Schedule annual AC tune-ups. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit operating properly and may help it operate at better efficiency. It may also help prolong its life expectancy, since it enables pros to discover little problems before they create a big meltdown.
  4. Put in new air filters frequently. Read manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A dusty filter can result in your system short cycling, or run too frequently, and raise your electricity
  5. costs.
  6. Check attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of residences in the U.S. don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates should have 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork inspected. Ductwork that has come apart over time can leak cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to major comfort problems in your house, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep hot air where it should be by closing openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more cold air indoors.

Conserve More Energy During Warm Weather with Gopher Heating and Air Conditioning

If you want to use less energy during hot weather, our Gopher Heating and Air Conditioning experts can provide assistance. Get in touch with us at 952-373-0377 or contact us online for additional information about our energy-efficient cooling products.

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