Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t need to sacrifice comfort or drain your wallet to keep your home at a refreshing temperature during the summer.

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

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most households find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a huge difference between your interior and outside temperatures, your electricity bills will be higher.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that appears hot, there are ways you can keep your house cool without having the air conditioner going frequently.

Keeping windows and blinds closed during the day keeps cool air where it needs to be—inside. Some window treatments, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to provide extra insulation and better energy conservation.

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can move thermostat temps about 4 degrees warmer without compromising comfort. That’s due to the fact they freshen by a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not spaces, switch them off when you move from a room.

If 78 degrees still seems too uncomfortable at first glance, try doing a test for approximately a week. Begin by increasing your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, steadily decrease it while using the ideas above. You may be amazed at how cool you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the AC going all day while your house is unoccupied. Moving the temp 7¬¬–10 degrees warmer can save you anywhere from 5–15% on your electricity bills, according to the DOE.

When you come home, don’t be tempted to set your thermostat under 78 to cool your home faster. This isn’t productive and usually leads to a more expensive air conditioner bills.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful method to keep your settings controlled, but you need to set programs. If you don’t set programs, you might forget to change the set temperature when you take off.

If you’re looking for a convenient solution, think over getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at home and when you’re away. Then it intuitively adjusts temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? Typically $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

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

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

We recommend following an equivalent test over a week, moving your temperature higher and steadily lowering it to find the best setting for your residence. On pleasant nights, you may find keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a preferable solution than operating the AC.

More Methods to Use Less Energy During Warm Weather

There are additional approaches you can conserve money on cooling bills throughout hot weather.

  1. Install an energy-efficient AC 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 home comfier while keeping electricity
  2. expenses down.
  3. Schedule yearly air conditioner maintenance. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit operating smoothly and might help it work at better efficiency. It could also help lengthen its life span, since it enables professionals to uncover seemingly insignificant problems before they lead to an expensive meltdown.
  4. Replace air filters frequently. Use manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A dirty filter can lead to your system short cycling, or turn on and off too frequently, and raise your utility
  5. costs.
  6. Check attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of homes in the U.S. don’t have enough insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. The majority of southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has loosened as it’s aged can seep conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create major comfort problems in your residence, like hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep warm air where it belongs by sealing holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more cool air within your home.

Use Less Energy During Hot Weather with Durable Service

If you want to save more energy during hot weather, our Durable Service specialists can provide assistance. Get in touch with us at 308-995-8177 or contact us online for additional information about our energy-efficient cooling solutions.

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