Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t need to compromise on comfort or empty your wallet to keep your house at a refreshing temperature during muggy weather.

But what is the right setting, exactly? We go over ideas from energy experts so you can determine the best setting for your family.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a big difference between your inside and exterior temps, your cooling expenses will be bigger.

This is our advice based on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and ENERGY STAR®.

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

Keeping windows and blinds shut during the day keeps cold air where it should be—indoors. Some window treatments, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to deliver added insulation and better energy savings.

If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can raise thermostat temps about 4 degrees warmer without sacrificing comfort. That’s because they freshen with a windchill effect. As they cool people, not areas, shut them off when you leave a room.

If 78 degrees still appears too hot on the surface, try doing a test for approximately a week. Get started by upping your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, gradually decrease it while following the suggestions above. You might be astonished at how comfortable you feel at a hotter temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the air conditioning running all day while your home is unoccupied. Turning the temp 7¬¬–10 degrees hotter can save you as much as 5–15% on your cooling expenses, according to the DOE.

When you come home, don’t be tempted to set your thermostat under 78 to cool your residence more quickly. This isn’t useful and often results in a bigger AC bills.

A programmable thermostat is a good way to keep your temp under control, but you need to set programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you run the risk of forgetting to increase the set temperature when you leave.

If you want a hassle-free remedy, consider getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it knows when you’re at home and when you’re out. Then it intuitively modifies temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? About $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another plus of getting 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 suggests 82 degrees, that may be unpleasant for the majority of families. The majority of people sleep better when their bedroom is chilled, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation recommends 60–67 degrees. But that could be too chilly, due to your pajama and blanket preference.

We suggest trying an equivalent test over a week, moving your thermostat higher and steadily turning it down to choose the right temperature for your house. On cool nights, you could learn keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a preferable solution than operating the air conditioner.

More Ways to Conserve Energy This Summer

There are other approaches you can conserve money on cooling bills throughout warm weather.

  1. Upgrade to an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they get older. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your residence cooler while keeping electricity
  2. bills low.
  3. Book regular air conditioner service. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your system working like it should and may help it work at greater efficiency. It can also help lengthen its life cycle, since it allows professionals to discover little problems before they create a major meltdown.
  4. Change air filters regularly. Follow manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A dusty filter can cause your system to short cycle, or turn on and off too often, and increase your electricity
  5. expenses.
  6. Measure attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of houses 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 need 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork examined. Ductwork that has come apart over time can let cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in major comfort issues in your home, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep warm air in its place by closing holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more cool air indoors.

Save More Energy During Hot Weather with McNatt Inc

If you want to save more energy during warm weather, our McNatt Inc pros can help. Give us a call at 361-247-0605 or contact us online for additional information about our energy-saving cooling products.

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