Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t have to compromise on comfort or spend a lot to keep your house at a refreshing temperature during hot days.

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

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

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

This is our advice 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 conditioner going constantly.

Keeping windows and blinds shut during the day keeps cool air where it needs to be—within your home. Some window coverings, 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 increase thermostat settings about 4 degrees hotter without compromising comfort. That’s because they cool through a windchill effect. Because they cool people, not areas, turn them off when you leave a room.

If 78 degrees still seems too uncomfortable on the surface, try conducting an experiment for a week or so. Get started by upping your setting to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, steadily lower it while adhering to the suggestions above. You might be shocked at how comfortable you feel at a warmer temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the air conditioner going all day while your home is unoccupied. Switching the temperature 7¬¬–10 degrees hotter can save you an estimated 5–15% on your electricity expenses, according to the DOE.

When you get home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat below 78 to cool your home more rapidly. This isn’t productive and typically results in a higher electricity expense.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful method to keep your settings under control, 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 buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your residence and when you’re out. Then it intuitively 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 watch and change temperature settings from almost anywhere.

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

We suggest running a similar test over a week, putting your temperature higher and slowly turning it down to locate the right temp for your residence. On mild nights, you could find keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a better option than operating the air conditioning.

More Methods to Use Less Energy This Summer

There are other methods you can conserve money on cooling bills throughout warm weather.

  1. Install an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they get older. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your residence comfier while keeping AC
  2. costs down.
  3. Schedule annual AC maintenance. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment operating smoothly and could help it operate more efficiently. It can also help extend its life span, since it allows technicians to spot small troubles before they lead to an expensive meltdown.
  4. Switch air filters frequently. Use manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A dusty filter can cause your system to short cycle, or run too often, and raise your energy
  5. bills.
  6. Measure attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of residences in the U.S. don’t have adequate 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 create major comfort issues in your residence, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep hot air where it should be by plugging openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more cool air indoors.

Conserve More Energy During Warm Weather with Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc.

If you are looking to save more energy during hot weather, our Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc. specialists can provide assistance. Reach us at 918-682-8238 or contact us online for more information about our energy-conserving cooling options.

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