Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t be forced to give up comfort or empty your wallet to keep your house at a refreshing setting during warm days.

But what is the right temperature, exactly? We discuss recommendations from energy specialists so you can find the best temperature for your home.

Here’s what we recommend for the most energy-efficient setting for air conditioning in West Columbia.

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 temps, your electricity costs will be bigger.

These are our recommendations based on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and ENERGY STAR®.

While at home: 78 degrees. While that seems too high, there are methods you can keep your home refreshing without having the air conditioner going all the time.

Keeping windows and curtains shut during the day keeps cold air where it needs to be—indoors. Some window treatments, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to provide extra insulation and enhanced energy efficiency.

If you have ceiling fans in your home, the DOE says you can move thermostat temps about 4 degrees hotter without sacrificing comfort. That’s since they refresh with a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not spaces, shut them off when you move from a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too warm at first glance, try conducting a trial for approximately a week. Begin by increasing your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, steadily turn it down while following the ideas above. You might be astonished at how comfortable you feel at a hotter temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no reason to keep the AC on all day while your house is empty. Moving the setting 7¬¬–10 degrees higher can save you as much as 5–15% on your AC costs, according to the DOE.

When you arrive home, don’t be tempted to set your thermostat below 78 to cool your house more rapidly. This isn’t useful and often results in a bigger electricity cost.

A programmable thermostat is a useful approach to keep your settings in check, but it requires setting programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you might forget to move the set temperature when you go.

If you want a handy resolution, consider getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your residence and when you’re away. Then it automatically modifies temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? Usually $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another perk of having 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 could be unbearable for the majority of families. Many people sleep better when their sleeping space is chilled, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation suggests 60–67 degrees. But that could be too cold, based on your clothing and blanket preference.

We recommend running a comparable test over a week, putting your thermostat higher and progressively lowering it to choose the right temperature for your family. On cool nights, you could discover keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a superior idea than operating the air conditioning.

More Approaches to Conserve Energy During Hot Weather

There are added ways you can spend less money on cooling bills throughout warm weather.

  1. Buy an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they become older. An updated air conditioner can keep your house more comfortable while keeping AC
  2. expenses small.
  3. Set annual air conditioner tune-ups. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit operating smoothly and may help it work more efficiently. It can also help prolong its life expectancy, since it helps pros to discover seemingly insignificant problems before they create a major meltdown.
  4. Put in new air filters regularly. Follow manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A dusty filter can cause your system to short cycle, or run too much, and raise your utility
  5. expenses.
  6. Check attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of homes in the USA don’t have enough insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates need 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has loosened over the years can seep cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in huge comfort troubles in your home, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep warm air where it should be by plugging cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more cold air inside.

Conserve More Energy During Hot Weather with Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc.

If you want to save more energy during hot weather, our Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. professionals can assist you. Get in touch with us at 803-265-4208 or contact us online for extra details about our energy-efficient cooling products.

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