Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t be forced to sacrifice comfort or drain your wallet to keep your home at a refreshing temperature during muggy weather.

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

Here’s what we suggest 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 provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a big difference between your interior and outside temperatures, your electricity bills will be higher.

These are our suggestions 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 residence cool without having the air conditioning going frequently.

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

If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can increase thermostat temps about 4 degrees warmer without giving up comfort. That’s since they refresh with 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 trial for approximately a week. Begin by increasing your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, steadily decrease it while using the tips 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 working all day while your residence is unoccupied. Switching the setting 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 useful and usually produces a bigger cooling 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 go.

If you’re looking for a convenient remedy, think over getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it realizes 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 nearly anywhere.

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

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

More Approaches to Use Less Energy During Hot Weather

There are additional approaches you can spend less money on utility bills throughout hot weather.

  1. Install an energy-efficient AC system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they become older. An updated air conditioner can keep your home cooler while keeping AC
  2. costs down.
  3. Schedule yearly air conditioner maintenance. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment working smoothly and could help it operate at greater efficiency. It could also help prolong its life span, since it enables professionals to find seemingly insignificant problems before they lead to an expensive meltdown.
  4. Replace air filters frequently. Read manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A dirty filter can result in your system short cycling, or turn on and off too frequently, and increase your utility
  5. expenses.
  6. Check attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of homes in the United States don’t have enough insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates should have 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has loosened as it’s aged can seep cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create major comfort problems in your house, such as hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, 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 inside.

Use Less Energy During Warm 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 extra information about our energy-efficient cooling products.

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