Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t be forced to compromise on comfort or spend a lot to keep your residence at a pleasant setting during warm days.

But what is the right temperature, exactly? We go over suggestions from energy specialists so you can find the best temp 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 provides ideal comfort. 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 warm, there are approaches you can keep your home refreshing without having the air conditioning going frequently.

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

If you have ceiling fans in your home, the DOE says you can increase thermostat temps about 4 degrees hotter without sacrificing comfort. That’s due to the fact 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 on the surface, try doing a test for about a week. Get started by upping your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, progressively decrease it while following the tips 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 residence is vacant. Switching the setting 7¬¬–10 degrees higher can save you an estimated 5–15% on your air conditioning expenses, according to the DOE.

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

A programmable thermostat is a good method to keep your settings in check, but it requires setting programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you risk forgetting to move the set temperature when you go.

If you need a convenient resolution, consider buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your house and when you’re away. Then it automatically changes 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 watch and change temperature settings from nearly anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR suggests 82 degrees, that could be unbearable for many 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 chilly, depending on your clothing and blanket preference.

We recommend using a comparable test over a week, putting your thermostat higher and progressively lowering it to choose the best temperature for your family. On cool nights, you might learn keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a superior option than operating the AC.

More Approaches to Use Less Energy During Warm Weather

There are added ways you can conserve money on cooling bills throughout hot weather.

  1. Buy an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they become older. An updated air conditioner can keep your house more comfortable while keeping AC
  2. costs down.
  3. Set annual air conditioner tune-ups. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment working smoothly and may help it operate more efficiently. It may also help prolong its life cycle, since it helps pros to discover little problems before they create a major meltdown.
  4. Put in new air filters often. Follow manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A dusty filter can cause your system to short cycle, or run too often, and increase your utility
  5. costs.
  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 examined. Ductwork that has loosened over the years can let cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in big comfort issues in your home, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep warm air in its place by closing cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more conditioned air within your home.

Use Less 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 provide assistance. Reach us at 803-265-4208 or contact us online for extra info about our energy-efficient cooling solutions.

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