Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t have to give up comfort or empty your wallet to keep your home at the right temp during the summer.

But what is the ideal setting, exactly? We review advice from energy pros so you can find the best setting for your residence.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a big difference between your interior and outdoor warmth, your utility bills will be higher.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that appears hot, there are methods you can keep your residence refreshing without having the air conditioning on constantly.

Keeping windows and curtains closed during the day keeps chilled air where it should be—indoors. Some window solutions, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to deliver added insulation and better energy savings.

If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can raise thermostat temps about 4 degrees higher without giving up comfort. That’s due to the fact they refresh with a windchill effect. As they cool people, not spaces, turn them off when you move from a room.

If 78 degrees still seems too hot initially, try doing a test for approximately a week. Begin by upping your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, steadily lower it while adhering to the ideas above. You might be shocked at how refreshed you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the AC on all day while your home is vacant. Moving the temp 7¬¬–10 degrees higher can save you anywhere from 5–15% on your cooling costs, according to the DOE.

When you get home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat below 78 to cool your house more quickly. This isn’t productive and typically leads to a more expensive electricity bills.

A programmable thermostat is a good method to keep your temperature controlled, but you have to set programs. If you don’t set programs, you might forget to move the set temperature when you leave.

If you’re looking for a hassle-free fix, consider installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at your house and when you’re gone. Then it instinctively adjusts temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? About $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

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

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

We recommend trying a similar test over a week, putting your temperature higher and slowly lowering it to find the ideal temperature for your residence. On pleasant nights, you might discover keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a superior idea than running the AC.

More Methods to Conserve Energy During Warm Weather

There are additional methods you can spend less money on cooling bills throughout the summer.

  1. Buy an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they become older. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your home comfier while keeping electricity
  2. costs small.
  3. Book annual AC maintenance. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit running smoothly and might help it work at better efficiency. It could also help prolong its life span, since it allows pros to find small issues before they lead to a major meltdown.
  4. Replace air filters often. Read manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A dusty filter can cause your system to short cycle, or turn on and off too frequently, and drive up your cooling
  5. expenses.
  6. Measure attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of residences in the U.S. don’t have enough insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. The majority of southern climates need 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates need 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork examined. Ductwork that has come apart over the years can seep cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in major comfort troubles in your home, like hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep humid air where it belongs by sealing openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more conditioned air inside.

Conserve More Energy During Warm Weather with

If you need to use less energy this summer, our pros can help. Reach us at 815-410-1128 or contact us online for more information about our energy-saving cooling options.

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