Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t need to compromise on comfort or spend a lot to keep your residence at a pleasant setting during muggy weather.

But what is the ideal temp, exactly? We discuss recommendations from energy experts so you can choose the best setting for your loved ones.

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

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 inside and outdoor warmth, your cooling 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 appears hot, there are methods you can keep your home pleasant without having the air conditioner running all the time.

Keeping windows and window treatments closed during the day keeps chilled air where it belongs—indoors. Some window coverings, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to offer extra insulation and improved energy savings.

If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can raise thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees warmer without sacrificing comfort. That’s due to the fact they refresh by a windchill effect. As they cool people, not spaces, switch them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still seems too warm initially, try doing a test for about a week. Begin by raising your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, steadily turn it down while using the tips above. You may be shocked at how comfortable you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the air conditioning working all day while your home is empty. Turning the temperature 7¬¬–10 degrees higher can save you as much as 5–15% on your electrical expenses, according to the DOE.

When you get home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat below 78 to cool your residence more rapidly. This isn’t effective and typically results in a more expensive air conditioner cost.

A programmable thermostat is a good approach to keep your settings in check, but you have to set programs. If you don’t use programs, you might forget to move the set temperature when you leave.

If you’re looking for a hassle-free fix, think over buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at your house and when you’re out. Then it intuitively changes temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? Typically $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another plus of using a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to monitor and regulate temperature settings from nearly anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR suggests 82 degrees, that might be unpleasant for most families. Many people sleep better when their bedroom is chilled, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation advises 60–67 degrees. But that may be too cold, due to your clothing and blanket preference.

We recommend trying a comparable test over a week, moving your temp higher and steadily turning it down to determine the right temp for your house. On pleasant nights, you may discover keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a preferable solution than using the air conditioner.

More Approaches to Save Energy During Warm Weather

There are additional ways you can conserve money on cooling bills throughout the summer.

  1. Upgrade to an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they become older. A new air conditioner can keep your residence comfier while keeping energy
  2. costs low.
  3. Book annual AC maintenance. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your system operating properly and could help it operate at better efficiency. It might also help lengthen its life span, since it enables techs to uncover little problems before they create a big meltdown.
  4. Replace air filters often. Use manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A dirty filter can lead to your system short cycling, or turn on and off too often, and increase your electrical
  5. expenses.
  6. Check attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of residences 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 require 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork inspected. Ductwork that has separated over time can let conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to big comfort issues in your residence, such as hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep hot air where it belongs by sealing openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more cool air indoors.

Save More Energy During Warm Weather with AW Heating & Air Conditioning

If you want to conserve more energy during warm weather, our AW Heating & Air Conditioning experts can provide assistance. Reach us at 402-318-5351 or contact us online for additional info about our energy-saving cooling solutions.

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