Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t be forced to compromise on comfort or empty your wallet to keep your residence at a pleasant setting during summer weather.

But what is the ideal temperature, exactly? We go over recommendations from energy specialists so you can select the best temperature for your home.

Here’s what we suggest for the most energy-efficient setting for air conditioning in Menomonie and western Wisconsin.

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most households find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a sizeable difference between your interior and outside warmth, your electricity bills will be larger.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that appears warm, there are approaches you can keep your residence cool without having the AC on frequently.

Keeping windows and blinds closed during the day keeps cool air where it needs to be—within your home. Some window treatments, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to give more insulation and better energy conservation.

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can move thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees hotter without compromising comfort. That’s because they cool with a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not areas, turn them off when you leave a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too hot initially, try conducting an experiment for about a week. Get started by upping your setting to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, progressively lower it while using the ideas above. You might be amazed at how comfortable you feel at a hotter temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the air conditioner on all day while your residence is unoccupied. Moving the temperature 7¬¬–10 degrees warmer can save you anywhere from 5–15% on your AC costs, according to the DOE.

When you come home, don’t be tempted to set your thermostat under 78 to cool your house faster. This isn’t productive and typically results in a higher electrical cost.

A programmable thermostat is a good method to keep your settings controlled, but you have to set programs. If you don’t use programs, you risk forgetting to move the set temperature when you go.

If you’re looking for a convenient fix, think over installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your residence and when you’re away. Then it intuitively adjusts temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? Usually $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another advantage of getting a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to monitor and regulate temperature settings from almost anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR advises 82 degrees, that might be unbearable for most families. Many people sleep better when their bedroom is chilly, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation suggests 60–67 degrees. But that might be too cool, based on your pajama and blanket preference.

We suggest running a comparable test over a week, moving your thermostat higher and gradually decreasing it to select the best temperature for your residence. On pleasant nights, you may learn keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a superior option than using the air conditioning.

More Methods to Save Energy During Hot Weather

There are added approaches you can spend less money on energy bills throughout warm weather.

  1. Get an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they become older. An updated air conditioner can keep your residence cooler while keeping cooling
  2. expenses low.
  3. Book regular air conditioning service. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your system running properly and could help it operate more efficiently. It might also help prolong its life span, since it helps pros to uncover small troubles before they cause a major meltdown.
  4. Switch air filters frequently. Follow manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A dirty filter can cause your system to short cycle, or turn on and off too much, and increase your energy
  5. bills.
  6. Measure attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of houses 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 need 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork inspected. Ductwork that has loosened as it’s aged can leak conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create huge comfort issues in your house, like hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep hot air where it should be by sealing holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more conditioned air indoors.

Save More Energy This Summer with Halverson Brothers Inc

If you are looking to save more energy this summer, our Halverson Brothers Inc professionals can assist you. Reach us at 715-352-4052 or contact us online for extra info about our energy-conserving cooling products.

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