Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t have to compromise on comfort or spend a lot 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 advise for the most energy-efficient setting for air conditioning in McHenry.

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a big difference between your inside and outdoor temps, your AC 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 seems hot, there are methods you can keep your residence refreshing without having the air conditioner going constantly.

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

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can raise thermostat temps about 4 degrees warmer without compromising comfort. That’s since they freshen with a windchill effect. As they cool people, not spaces, turn them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still seems too hot initially, try doing a test for approximately a week. Get started by upping your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, progressively lower it while adhering to the ideas above. You might be shocked at how cool 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 expenses, 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 useful and typically produces a more expensive electricity bills.

A programmable thermostat is a useful method to keep your temp controlled, but you have to set programs. If you don’t set programs, you risk forgetting 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 residence and when you’re gone. Then it intuitively adjusts temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? Typically $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 regulate temperature settings from almost anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR suggests 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, moving your temperature higher and slowly lowering it to select the ideal temperature for your house. On cool nights, you could discover keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a preferable option than running the AC.

More Approaches to Conserve Energy During Hot Weather

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

  1. Buy an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they become older. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your home cooler while keeping AC
  2. costs small.
  3. Book annual AC maintenance. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment running smoothly and might help it work at better efficiency. It could also help prolong its life span, since it allows pros to uncover small issues before they create a big meltdown.
  4. Replace air filters regularly. Read manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A clogged 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 United States 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 checked. Ductwork that has loosened over time can let cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create major comfort issues in your home, like hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep humid air where it belongs by sealing holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more conditioned air within your home.

Use Less Energy During Warm Weather with Jett's Heating & Air Inc.

If you are looking to conserve more energy this summer, our Jett's Heating & Air Inc. 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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