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Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t be forced to sacrifice comfort or drain your wallet to keep your home at the right temperature during summer weather.

But what is the ideal temperature, exactly? We go over ideas from energy pros so you can find the best temperature for your house.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most people find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a big difference between your inside and exterior temperatures, your AC bills will be higher.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that seems hot, there are approaches you can keep your residence refreshing without having the air conditioning going all the time.

Keeping windows and blinds shut during the day keeps cool air where it belongs—within your home. Some window coverings, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to give extra insulation and enhanced energy conservation.

If you have ceiling fans in your home, the DOE says you can move thermostat temps about 4 degrees warmer without giving up comfort. That’s due to the fact they refresh with a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not rooms, switch them off when you move from a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too uncomfortable on the surface, try doing a trial for a week or so. Get started by raising your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, gradually decrease it while following the tips above. You could be shocked at how cool you feel at a warmer temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no reason to keep the air conditioning running all day while your home is empty. Turning the setting 7¬¬–10 degrees higher can save you as much as 5–15% on your cooling bills, according to the DOE.

When you come home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your house faster. This isn’t effective and often results in a more expensive cooling bills.

A programmable thermostat is a useful method to keep your temperature in check, but it requires setting programs. If you don’t set programs, you run the risk of forgetting to increase the set temperature when you leave.

If you need a hassle-free resolution, think about buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at your residence and when you’re gone. Then it automatically adjusts temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? About $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another advantage of installing 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 recommends 82 degrees, that could be unpleasant for most families. Most people sleep better when their sleeping space is chilled, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation advises 60–67 degrees. But that might be too cool, based on your PJ and blanket preference.

We suggest following an equivalent test over a week, putting your thermostat higher and progressively lowering it to pick the ideal temp for your family. On mild nights, you might find keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a superior idea than operating the air conditioner.

More Approaches to Use Less Energy During Warm Weather

There are extra ways you can conserve money on cooling bills throughout warm weather.

  1. Upgrade to an energy-efficient AC system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they get older. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your residence cooler while keeping utility
  2. expenses down.
  3. Set regular AC service. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your system operating smoothly and might help it operate at greater efficiency. It could also help extend its life span, since it enables technicians to spot small troubles before they create a big meltdown.
  4. Replace air filters regularly. Follow manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A clogged filter can lead to your system short cycling, or run too often, and increase your utility
  5. expenses.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of homes in the United States don’t have enough insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most southern climates need 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates need 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork inspected. Ductwork that has loosened over time can seep conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create major comfort issues in your house, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep warm air in its place by sealing cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more cold air indoors.

Save More Energy During Warm Weather with Clean Air HVAC

If you need to save more energy during hot weather, our Clean Air HVAC pros can help. Reach us at 925-233-6238 or contact us online for extra information about our energy-saving cooling products.

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