Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t be forced to sacrifice comfort or empty your wallet to keep your home at a pleasant setting during muggy weather.

But what is the best temp, exactly? We discuss recommendations from energy professionals 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 Huntsville.

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 indoor and exterior temperatures, your AC expenses 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 too high, there are ways you can keep your residence refreshing without having the AC running constantly.

Keeping windows and curtains down during the day keeps chilled air where it should be—within your home. Some window solutions, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to deliver extra insulation and improved energy conservation.

If you have ceiling fans in your home, the DOE says you can raise thermostat settings about 4 degrees higher without compromising comfort. That’s because they refresh by a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not areas, turn them off when you move from a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too warm initially, try conducting a test for a week or so. Start by upping your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, gradually lower it while adhering to the ideas above. You may be shocked at how refreshed you feel at a hotter temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the AC on all day while your home is empty. Turning the temperature 7¬¬–10 degrees warmer can save you as much as 5–15% on your electricity bills, according to the DOE.

When you get home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat under 78 to cool your residence more rapidly. This isn’t useful and often leads to a bigger AC bills.

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

If you want a convenient solution, think about getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your residence and when you’re gone. Then it instinctively modifies temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? Usually $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another perk of using a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to watch and adjust temperature settings from just about anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR advises 82 degrees, that may be unpleasant for most families. Many people sleep better when their sleeping space is chilly, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation recommends 60–67 degrees. But that could be too cold, depending on your clothing and blanket preference.

We advise trying a similar test over a week, setting your temperature higher and gradually decreasing it to pinpoint the ideal setting for your residence. On pleasant nights, you may discover keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a superior option than running the AC.

More Methods to Use Less Energy During Hot Weather

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

  1. Install an energy-efficient AC system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they get older. An updated air conditioner can keep your house more comfortable while keeping electricity
  2. costs low.
  3. Book regular air conditioner tune-ups. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment running smoothly and might help it operate more efficiently. It may also help lengthen its life span, since it enables professionals to pinpoint seemingly insignificant issues before they cause a major meltdown.
  4. Put in new air filters regularly. Use manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A clogged filter can result in your system short cycling, or switch on and off too frequently, and drive up your utility
  5. expenses.
  6. Measure attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of houses in the USA don’t have enough insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most southern climates need 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork inspected. Ductwork that has loosened as it’s aged can let conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to huge comfort problems in your home, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep hot air where it belongs by closing holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more cool air indoors.

Use Less Energy This Summer with All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc

If you are looking to save more energy this summer, our All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc experts can help. Give us a call at 256-801-4701 or contact us online for more info about our energy-conserving cooling products.

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