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Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t have to give up comfort or empty your wallet to keep your house at a refreshing setting during warm days.

But what is the right temp, exactly? We go over advice from energy specialists so you can select the best temperature for your home.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most households find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a huge difference between your inside and outdoor temps, your cooling expenses will be larger.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that seems warm, there are approaches you can keep your residence cool without having the air conditioner going frequently.

Keeping windows and blinds closed during the day keeps cold air where it should be—indoors. Some window coverings, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to provide more insulation and better energy efficiency.

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can raise thermostat settings about 4 degrees higher without compromising comfort. That’s because they cool with a windchill effect. Because they cool people, not spaces, turn them off when you leave a room.

If 78 degrees still appears too uncomfortable at first glance, try conducting an experiment for about a week. Begin by upping your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, steadily turn it down while using the suggestions above. You might be astonished at how cool you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no reason to keep the air conditioning working all day while your residence is vacant. Moving the setting 7¬¬–10 degrees warmer can save you as much as 5–15% on your cooling expenses, according to the DOE.

When you arrive home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat under 78 to cool your home faster. This isn’t effective and usually results in a bigger electrical expense.

A programmable thermostat is a good method to keep your temp controlled, but you have to set programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you risk forgetting to increase the set temperature when you take off.

If you want a handy solution, think about getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at home and when you’re out. Then it intuitively modifies temperature settings for maximum 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 keep an eye on and adjust temperature settings from just about anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR recommends 82 degrees, that may be too uncomfortable for the majority of families. The majority of people sleep better when their bedroom is cold, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation advises 60–67 degrees. But that may be too cool, due to your pajama and blanket preference.

We suggest following a comparable test over a week, putting your thermostat higher and gradually decreasing it to find the ideal temp for your family. On cool nights, you may find keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a better solution than operating the air conditioner.

More Ways to Use Less Energy During Hot Weather

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

  1. Buy an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they age. An updated air conditioner can keep your home cooler while keeping electrical
  2. costs small.
  3. Schedule yearly air conditioner maintenance. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit running properly and could help it run more efficiently. It could also help prolong its life span, since it enables professionals to spot small problems before they create a big meltdown.
  4. Switch air filters frequently. Read manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A dusty filter can lead to your system short cycling, or turn on and off too much, and raise your electrical
  5. bills.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of houses in the U.S. don’t have adequate insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates need 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has come apart over time can leak cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in major comfort troubles in your house, like hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep warm air in its place by sealing cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more cool air indoors.

Use Less Energy This Summer with Anderson Heating & A/C

If you want to conserve more energy during warm weather, our Anderson Heating & A/C experts can assist you. Give us a call at 775-230-7628 or contact us online for extra details about our energy-conserving cooling solutions.

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