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Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t have to compromise on comfort or empty your wallet to keep your home at the right temp during warm days.

But what is the ideal temp, exactly? We discuss recommendations from energy professionals so you can choose the best setting for your home.

Here’s what we advise 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 is ideal. However, if there’s a sizeable difference between your indoor and outdoor temperatures, your utility 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 seems hot, there are methods you can keep your house refreshing without having the air conditioning going constantly.

Keeping windows and curtains shut during the day keeps cold air where it needs to be—inside. Some window coverings, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to give extra insulation and better energy conservation.

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 due to the fact they cool by a windchill effect. Because they cool people, not rooms, switch them off when you leave a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too warm at first glance, try conducting a test for about a week. Begin by raising your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, steadily decrease it while using the ideas above. You might be astonished at how cool you feel at a hotter temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the air conditioner on all day while your house is vacant. 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 house more quickly. This isn’t effective and usually produces a more expensive electrical cost.

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

If you need a handy solution, think about getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it knows when you’re at home and when you’re gone. Then it instinctively changes temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? Usually $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

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

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

We advise trying a similar test over a week, setting your thermostat higher and slowly turning it down to choose the best setting for your residence. On pleasant nights, you may learn keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a preferable idea than using the air conditioner.

More Ways to Save Energy During Warm Weather

There are added methods you can spend less money on cooling bills throughout hot weather.

  1. Get an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they become older. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your residence cooler while keeping energy
  2. expenses low.
  3. Book regular AC 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 enables technicians to discover little troubles before they create a big meltdown.
  4. Replace air filters regularly. Read manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A dusty filter can cause your system to short cycle, or turn on and off too much, and drive up your cooling
  5. costs.
  6. Check attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of residences in the U.S. don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. The majority of southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork checked. 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 openings, doors and windows. Keep humid air where it should be by plugging cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more cool air indoors.

Conserve More Energy During Hot Weather with Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc

If you are looking to use less energy during warm weather, our Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc experts can assist you. Get in touch with us at 224-699-9229 or contact us online for additional details about our energy-conserving cooling options.

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