Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

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

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

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most people find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a big difference between your inside and outdoor temps, your electrical 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 appears warm, there are methods you can keep your residence cool without having the air conditioning going all the time.

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

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

If 78 degrees still appears too warm on the surface, try doing an experiment for approximately a week. Get started by upping your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, steadily turn it down while using the suggestions above. You could be surprised at how refreshed you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no reason to keep the air conditioner going all day while your residence is empty. Moving the setting 7¬¬–10 degrees hotter can save you as much as 5–15% on your electricity costs, according to the DOE.

When you get home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat under 78 to cool your home faster. This isn’t effective and usually results in a more expensive AC expense.

A programmable thermostat is a useful method to keep your temp controlled, but you have to set programs. If you don’t use programs, you might forget to increase the set temperature when you take off.

If you want a handy remedy, think about buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at home and when you’re gone. Then it instinctively 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 watch 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 many families. The majority of people sleep better when their bedroom is cold, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation suggests 60–67 degrees. But that may be too cool, due to your pajama and blanket preference.

We suggest following an equivalent test over a week, putting your thermostat higher and progressively lowering it to select the ideal temp for your family. On cool nights, you may find keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a better solution than operating the air conditioner.

More Ways to Conserve Energy During Hot Weather

There are added approaches 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 upgraded air conditioner can keep your home cooler while keeping electrical
  2. costs small.
  3. Schedule yearly air conditioner maintenance. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit running like it should and could help it run more efficiently. It could also help lengthen its life span, since it enables professionals to pinpoint small problems before they lead to a major meltdown.
  4. Replace air filters frequently. Use manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A dusty filter can result in your system short cycling, or turn on and off too much, and increase your electrical
  5. bills.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of residences in the U.S. don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates need 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has loosened over time can leak cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create major comfort troubles in your residence, such as hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep warm air where it should be by sealing cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap 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 additional details about our energy-conserving cooling products.

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