Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t need to sacrifice comfort or spend a lot to keep your residence at a pleasant temperature during hot days.

But what is the best setting, exactly? We discuss ideas from energy pros so you can choose the best temp for your loved ones.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a big difference between your inside and outside warmth, your cooling bills will be bigger.

This is our advice 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 residence pleasant without having the air conditioning on frequently.

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

If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can move thermostat temps about 4 degrees warmer without compromising comfort. That’s since they cool by a windchill effect. As they cool people, not spaces, shut them off when you move from a room.

If 78 degrees still seems too uncomfortable initially, try running an experiment for approximately a week. Get started by increasing your setting to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, gradually turn it down while adhering to the advice above. You may be shocked at how cool you feel at a higher temperature setting.

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

When you get home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your home faster. This isn’t useful and often produces a higher electricity expense.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful approach to keep your settings controlled, but you have to set programs. If you don’t use programs, you might forget to raise the set temperature when you leave.

If you want a convenient solution, consider buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it knows when you’re at home and when you’re gone. Then it intuitively modifies temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? An estimated $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another perk of using a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to keep an eye on and regulate temperature settings from just about anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR recommends 82 degrees, that could be too uncomfortable for many families. Most people sleep better when their sleeping area is cold, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation advises 60–67 degrees. But that may be too cool, due to your clothing and blanket preference.

We advise running a comparable test over a week, setting your temperature higher and slowly turning it down to choose the right temperature for your residence. On pleasant nights, you might learn keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a superior solution than operating the air conditioning.

More Methods to Use Less Energy This Summer

There are other ways you can conserve money on energy bills throughout hot weather.

  1. Upgrade to an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they get older. A new air conditioner can keep your home more comfortable while keeping electricity
  2. costs small.
  3. Set yearly air conditioner maintenance. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit operating smoothly and could help it run at better efficiency. It may also help prolong its life expectancy, since it allows professionals to uncover seemingly insignificant problems before they cause a big meltdown.
  4. Switch air filters regularly. Read manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A dusty filter can result in your system short cycling, or run too much, and raise your electricity
  5. bills.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of residences in the United States don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates need 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork examined. Ductwork that has come apart over time can let cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to major comfort problems in your residence, like hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep warm air where it should be by closing openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more conditioned air within your home.

Conserve More Energy During Warm Weather with Jent Mechanical LLC

If you need to conserve more energy during hot weather, our Jent Mechanical LLC experts can help. Give us a call at 937-845-1111 or contact us online for more details about our energy-efficient cooling options.

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