Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t have to give up comfort or spend a lot to keep your residence at a refreshing setting during muggy weather.

But what is the best setting, exactly? We review suggestions from energy pros so you can determine the best setting for your house.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a major difference between your indoor and outdoor temperatures, your AC costs 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 seems hot, there are ways you can keep your house refreshing without having the air conditioning going frequently.

Keeping windows and blinds closed during the day keeps cool air where it needs to be—indoors. Some window solutions, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to deliver added insulation and enhanced energy savings.

If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can increase thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees higher without sacrificing comfort. That’s due to the fact they refresh by a windchill effect. As they cool people, not spaces, turn them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too uncomfortable on the surface, try conducting a test for a week or so. Begin by raising your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, gradually turn it down while adhering to the advice above. You might be surprised at how comfortable you feel at a warmer temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no reason to keep the AC working all day while your house is empty. Moving the temperature 7¬¬–10 degrees hotter can save you an estimated 5–15% on your cooling bills, according to the DOE.

When you come home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat below 78 to cool your residence faster. This isn’t useful and usually leads to a bigger electrical cost.

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

If you’re looking for a convenient solution, think over installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at your house and when you’re out. Then it automatically changes temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? An estimated $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another perk of getting a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to watch and adjust temperature settings from just about anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR suggests 82 degrees, that might be too uncomfortable for many 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 may be too cold, based on your clothing and blanket preference.

We suggest using an equivalent test over a week, setting your temperature higher and steadily decreasing it to determine the right temp for your family. On mild nights, you might find keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a superior idea than operating the air conditioning.

More Ways to Conserve Energy During Warm Weather

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

  1. Upgrade to an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they become older. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your house cooler while keeping AC
  2. costs down.
  3. Book annual air conditioner service. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment working smoothly and could help it operate at greater efficiency. It might also help lengthen its life span, since it allows pros to pinpoint seemingly insignificant troubles before they create an expensive meltdown.
  4. Replace air filters frequently. Use manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A clogged filter can lead to your system short cycling, or turn on and off too frequently, and drive up your electricity
  5. costs.
  6. Check attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of residences in the USA don’t have adequate insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most southern climates should have 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork examined. Ductwork that has come apart over the years can leak conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in huge comfort problems in your home, like hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep humid air in its place by plugging openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more cool air indoors.

Use Less Energy During Warm Weather with Freed Heating & Air Conditioning

If you want to use less energy this summer, our Freed Heating & Air Conditioning specialists can provide assistance. Reach us at 309-323-9584 or contact us online for extra details about our energy-conserving cooling options.

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