Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t need 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 suggest for the most energy-efficient setting for air conditioning in Pacheco.

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most households find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a big difference between your interior and exterior temperatures, your utility 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 methods you can keep your residence refreshing without having the air conditioning on all the time.

Keeping windows and curtains down during the day keeps cool air where it belongs—inside. Some window coverings, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to give extra insulation and enhanced energy savings.

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 freshen 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 warm on the surface, try conducting a test for a week or so. Begin by raising your setting to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, gradually decrease it while following the ideas above. You could be shocked at how cool you feel at a hotter temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no reason to keep the air conditioning running all day while your home is vacant. Turning the temp 7¬¬–10 degrees higher can save you an estimated 5–15% on your electricity 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 bigger cooling bills.

A programmable thermostat is a good approach to keep your temp 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 over getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at your house 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 nearly anywhere.

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

We suggest following a comparable test over a week, moving your thermostat higher and gradually lowering it to locate the ideal temp for your family. On mild nights, you could find keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a preferable option than operating the air conditioner.

More Approaches to Conserve Energy During Hot Weather

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

  1. Upgrade to an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they get older. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your house comfier while keeping utility
  2. costs small.
  3. Set regular air conditioning service. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your system working smoothly and could help it operate at better efficiency. It could also help extend its life span, since it enables technicians to pinpoint small troubles before they create a big meltdown.
  4. Replace air filters regularly. Follow manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A dusty filter can result in your system short cycling, or run too often, and increase your cooling
  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 come apart over time can let conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in major comfort troubles in your house, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep muggy air where it should be by sealing cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more conditioned air indoors.

Save More Energy During Hot Weather with Clean Air HVAC

If you are looking to save more energy during hot weather, our Clean Air HVAC experts can help. Get in touch with us at 925-233-6238 or contact us online for additional information about our energy-saving cooling products.

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