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 pleasant temperature during muggy weather.

But what is the right setting, exactly? We discuss ideas from energy professionals so you can determine the best setting for your residence.

Here’s what we suggest 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 is ideal. However, if there’s a big difference between your interior and outside temps, your electrical expenses 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 methods you can keep your residence pleasant without having the air conditioning running constantly.

Keeping windows and blinds down during the day keeps chilled air where it should be—indoors. Some window treatments, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to deliver added insulation and improved energy savings.

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

If 78 degrees still seems too hot at first glance, 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 could be astonished at how comfortable you feel at a hotter temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the air conditioner 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 electricity costs, according to the DOE.

When you come home, don’t be tempted to set your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your house more rapidly. This isn’t useful and usually results in a bigger electrical bills.

A programmable thermostat is a useful way to keep your temp controlled, 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 need a hassle-free solution, 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 instinctively changes temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? About $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another plus of getting a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to keep an eye on and change temperature settings from almost anywhere.

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

We advise trying a comparable test over a week, putting your thermostat higher and steadily turning it down to choose the best setting for your house. On cool nights, you could discover keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a preferable solution than using the air conditioner.

More Ways to Conserve Energy This Summer

There are added approaches you can spend less money on utility bills throughout warm weather.

  1. Get an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they become older. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your residence cooler while keeping AC
  2. bills low.
  3. Set yearly air conditioner service. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your system operating properly and may help it operate at better efficiency. It can also help lengthen its life cycle, since it allows technicians to discover little problems before they lead to 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. costs.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of residences in the United States don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates need 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has come apart over the years can let cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create major comfort issues in your home, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep muggy air where it should be by plugging openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal 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 experts can help. Give us a call at 361-247-0605 or contact us online for extra information about our energy-saving cooling solutions.

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