You shouldn’t be forced to give up comfort or empty your wallet to keep your house at a refreshing setting during muggy weather.
But what is the best setting, exactly? We go over 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 electrical costs 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 approaches you can keep your home pleasant without having the air conditioning running frequently.
Keeping windows and window treatments closed during the day keeps chilled air where it belongs—indoors. Some window solutions, 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 higher 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 uncomfortable initially, try conducting a trial for approximately a week. Begin by raising your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, progressively decrease it 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 going 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 arrive home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat below 78 to cool your house more rapidly. This isn’t effective and typically results in a more expensive air conditioner expense.
A programmable thermostat is a good method to keep your settings in check, but you have to set programs. If you don’t use programs, you might forget to raise the set temperature when you leave.
If you’re looking for a hassle-free fix, think about buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at your house and when you’re out. Then it instinctively changes temperature settings for the best 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 almost anywhere.
While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR suggests 82 degrees, that could be unbearable for most families. The majority of people sleep better when their bedroom is chilly, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation suggests 60–67 degrees. But that could be too cold, due to your clothing and blanket preference.
We recommend trying an equivalent test over a week, moving your temp higher and steadily turning it down to choose the best temp for your residence. On pleasant nights, you may discover keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a superior solution than using the air conditioner.
More Approaches to Save Energy During Warm Weather
There are additional ways you can spend less money on utility bills throughout the summer.
- Get an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they get older. A new air conditioner can keep your residence cooler while keeping energy expenses low.
- Set annual air conditioning maintenance. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your system working properly and might help it work at better efficiency. It might also help prolong its life span, since it helps techs to find seemingly insignificant problems before they create a major meltdown.
- Switch air filters often. Use manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A dirty filter can result in your system short cycling, or turn on and off too much, and raise your electrical costs.
- Check attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of houses in the U.S. 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”.
- Have your ductwork inspected. Ductwork that has separated over the years can seep cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to big comfort issues in your house, such as hot and cold spots.
- 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 pros can provide assistance. Reach us at 402-438-7992 or contact us online for extra details about our energy-conserving cooling solutions.