Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t have to give up comfort or spend a lot to keep your home at the right setting during hot days.

But what is the best temp, exactly? We go over suggestions from energy experts so you can choose the best setting for your home.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a sizeable difference between your indoor and outdoor temperatures, your AC costs will be larger.

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 approaches you can keep your house refreshing without having the air conditioning on constantly.

Keeping windows and blinds shut during the day keeps chilled air where it needs to be—inside. Some window coverings, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to give extra insulation and improved energy savings.

If you have ceiling fans in your home, the DOE says you can raise thermostat settings about 4 degrees hotter without sacrificing comfort. That’s since they cool by a windchill effect. As they cool people, not rooms, shut them off when you leave a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too uncomfortable on the surface, try doing a trial for approximately a week. Begin by raising your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, progressively turn it down while adhering to the tips above. You could be surprised at how cool you feel at a warmer temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the air conditioner on all day while your residence is empty. Turning the temp 7¬¬–10 degrees higher can save you as much as 5–15% on your electrical bills, according to the DOE.

When you come home, don’t be tempted to set your thermostat under 78 to cool your residence more rapidly. This isn’t effective and often produces a more expensive AC cost.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful way to keep your settings controlled, but it requires setting programs. If you don’t use programs, you risk forgetting to change the set temperature when you leave.

If you need a convenient remedy, think over buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it knows when you’re at home and when you’re out. Then it intuitively modifies temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? Usually $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another plus of getting a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to watch and change temperature settings from just about anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR advises 82 degrees, that could be unbearable for many families. Most people sleep better when their sleeping area is chilled, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation suggests 60–67 degrees. But that may be too chilly, depending on your pajama and blanket preference.

We suggest trying a similar test over a week, setting your thermostat higher and slowly turning it down to determine the right setting for your house. On cool nights, you may learn keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a preferable option than using the air conditioner.

More Ways to Save Energy During Warm Weather

There are other methods you can spend less money on air conditioning bills throughout warm weather.

  1. Get an energy-efficient AC system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they get older. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your house cooler while keeping energy
  2. expenses low.
  3. Set yearly air conditioning service. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit running like it should and might help it run at better efficiency. It can also help prolong its life cycle, since it helps technicians to discover seemingly insignificant issues before they lead to a big meltdown.
  4. Switch air filters regularly. Use manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A clogged filter can cause your system to short cycle, or turn on and off too much, and drive up your utility
  5. costs.
  6. Check attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of residences in the U.S. don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. The majority of southern climates should have 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork examined. Ductwork that has loosened as it’s aged can leak cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in major comfort issues in your house, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep humid air where it should be by closing cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more cool air indoors.

Conserve More Energy During Hot Weather with Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc

If you need to use less energy during warm weather, our Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc experts can provide assistance. Get in touch with us at 224-412-8308 or contact us online for additional details about our energy-conserving cooling options.

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