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Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t have to give up comfort or spend a lot to keep your house at a pleasant temperature during hot days.

But what is the right setting, exactly? We review recommendations from energy specialists so you can find the best temperature for your loved ones.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a major difference between your inside and outdoor warmth, your utility expenses will be greater.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that sounds hot, there are methods you can keep your home refreshing without having the air conditioning going constantly.

Keeping windows and blinds shut during the day keeps cool air where it needs to be—inside. Some window solutions, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to offer more insulation and better energy efficiency.

If you have ceiling fans in your home, the DOE says you can move thermostat settings about 4 degrees hotter without compromising comfort. That’s because they cool through a windchill effect. As they cool people, not rooms, turn them off when you leave a room.

If 78 degrees still seems too warm at first glance, try conducting an experiment for a week or so. Begin by increasing your setting to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, progressively lower it while using the suggestions above. You might be shocked at how comfortable you feel at a warmer temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the air conditioner working all day while your home is unoccupied. Switching the temperature 7¬¬–10 degrees hotter can save you as much as 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 home more quickly. This isn’t productive and typically results in a higher electricity expense.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful approach to keep your settings controlled, but it requires setting programs. If you don’t use programs, you run the risk of forgetting to increase the set temperature when you take off.

If you want a hassle-free solution, consider getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your residence and when you’re gone. Then it instinctively changes temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? An estimated $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another advantage of having a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to keep an eye on and change temperature settings from nearly anywhere.

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

We advise using a similar test over a week, moving your temperature higher and slowly turning it down to pick the best temp for your residence. On mild nights, you might find keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a better idea than operating the AC.

More Approaches to Use Less Energy This Summer

There are added methods you can spend less money on cooling bills throughout hot weather.

  1. Install an energy-efficient air conditioning 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 residence comfier while keeping AC
  2. expenses down.
  3. Schedule annual AC maintenance. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit operating smoothly and might help it operate more efficiently. It can also help extend its life span, since it allows professionals to pinpoint small issues before they lead to an expensive meltdown.
  4. Switch air filters frequently. Read manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A clogged filter can cause your system to short cycle, or run too often, and raise your energy
  5. bills.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of residences in the United States don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork inspected. Ductwork that has come apart as it’s aged can leak cool 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 holes, doors and windows. Keep hot air where it should be by plugging holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more cool air indoors.

Use Less Energy During Hot Weather with Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc.

If you need to save more energy during hot weather, our Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc. specialists can assist you. Get in touch with us at 918-682-8238 or contact us online for more information about our energy-saving cooling options.

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