Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t need to give up comfort or empty your wallet to keep your residence at a pleasant temperature during warm days.

But what is the best temp, exactly? We discuss ideas from energy pros so you can determine the best temp for your house.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most households find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a big difference between your indoor and outdoor warmth, your utility bills will be bigger.

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 approaches you can keep your home pleasant without having the air conditioning running frequently.

Keeping windows and curtains closed during the day keeps cool air where it should be—inside. Some window solutions, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to deliver added insulation and enhanced energy conservation.

If you have ceiling fans in your home, the DOE says you can move thermostat settings about 4 degrees warmer without giving up comfort. That’s due to the fact they refresh through a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not rooms, turn them off when you leave a room.

If 78 degrees still seems too uncomfortable initially, try doing an experiment for about a week. Get started by raising your setting to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, progressively turn it down while using the suggestions above. You may be astonished at how cool you feel at a warmer temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the air conditioning working all day while your house is unoccupied. Moving the temperature 7¬¬–10 degrees warmer can save you as much as 5–15% on your electrical bills, according to the DOE.

When you come home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat under 78 to cool your house faster. This isn’t useful and often leads to a more expensive electrical bills.

A programmable thermostat is a useful way to keep your temp in check, but you need to set programs. If you don’t set programs, you might forget to move the set temperature when you go.

If you want a hassle-free remedy, think over installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at your house and when you’re gone. Then it instinctively modifies temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? Typically $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another plus of installing 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 suggests 82 degrees, that might be unbearable for most families. Many people sleep better when their bedroom is cold, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation advises 60–67 degrees. But that could be too cold, depending on your clothing and blanket preference.

We advise following a similar test over a week, moving your temperature higher and progressively lowering it to pick the ideal temp for your family. On mild nights, you may discover keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a preferable option than operating the air conditioning.

More Approaches to Save Energy During Hot Weather

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

  1. Install an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they become older. A new air conditioner can keep your home cooler while keeping utility
  2. costs low.
  3. Book regular air conditioner tune-ups. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit running like it should and may help it operate at better efficiency. It might also help prolong its life cycle, since it helps pros to spot little problems before they lead to a major meltdown.
  4. Change air filters frequently. Read manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A dusty filter can result in your system short cycling, or turn on and off too frequently, and drive up your utility
  5. costs.
  6. Measure attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of homes in the USA 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 should have 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork inspected. Ductwork that has loosened over time can leak cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in major comfort issues in your house, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep humid air where it belongs by plugging openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more cold air indoors.

Save More Energy During Warm Weather with Faust Air Conditioning and Heating

If you want to use less energy during hot weather, our Faust Air Conditioning and Heating specialists can help. Give us a call at 979-323-6130 or contact us online for extra information about our energy-efficient cooling options.

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