Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t have to give up comfort or spend a lot to keep your residence at the right temp during summer weather.

But what is the right temp, exactly? We go over recommendations from energy pros so you can determine the best temp for your family.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a big difference between your inside and exterior warmth, your electricity costs will be larger.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that sounds too high, there are ways you can keep your house refreshing without having the air conditioning on frequently.

Keeping windows and window treatments shut during the day keeps chilled air where it belongs—within your home. Some window solutions, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to provide extra insulation and better energy efficiency.

If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can move thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees hotter without giving up comfort. That’s because they freshen through a windchill effect. As they cool people, not spaces, shut them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still appears too hot at first glance, try running a trial for a week or so. Begin by increasing your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, progressively decrease it while following the ideas above. You may be surprised at how cool you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no reason to keep the air conditioner running all day while your home is vacant. Switching the temp 7¬¬–10 degrees hotter can save you anywhere from 5–15% on your AC costs, according to the DOE.

When you get home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your residence more quickly. This isn’t useful and often produces a bigger electricity expense.

A programmable thermostat is a useful way to keep your temp in check, but you need to set programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you might forget to raise the set temperature when you go.

If you’re looking for a convenient fix, consider buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at your house and when you’re away. Then it instinctively modifies temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? An estimated $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 just about anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR recommends 82 degrees, that could be unbearable for many families. Most people sleep better when their sleeping area is chilled, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation advises 60–67 degrees. But that could be too cool, due to your pajama and blanket preference.

We suggest following a comparable test over a week, moving your thermostat higher and progressively decreasing it to choose the ideal temp for your house. On cool nights, you may find keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a better option than using the AC.

More Approaches to Conserve Energy This Summer

There are other approaches you can conserve money on AC bills throughout hot weather.

  1. Buy an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they become older. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your house more comfortable while keeping utility
  2. costs down.
  3. Schedule yearly AC service. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your system running smoothly and might help it operate at greater efficiency. It might also help lengthen its life cycle, since it enables pros to spot small troubles before they lead to an expensive meltdown.
  4. Change air filters often. Follow manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A dirty filter can cause your system to short cycle, or turn on and off too often, and increase your electrical
  5. bills.
  6. Measure attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of houses in the U.S. don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. The majority of southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork inspected. Ductwork that has separated as it’s aged can seep conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to big comfort troubles in your home, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep humid air in its place by sealing cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more cool air inside.

Use Less Energy This Summer with Cool Power LLC

If you are looking to use less energy during hot weather, our Cool Power LLC specialists can assist you. Get in touch with us at 631-246-4029 or contact us online for extra info about our energy-conserving cooling solutions.

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