Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t have to give up comfort or drain your wallet to keep your residence at the right setting during summer weather.

But what is the right setting, exactly? We review ideas from energy specialists so you can select the best setting for your family.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a sizeable difference between your inside and outside temps, your AC expenses will be bigger.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that appears too high, there are approaches you can keep your house cool without having the air conditioning going constantly.

Keeping windows and blinds shut during the day keeps chilled air where it belongs—within your home. Some window treatments, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to offer more insulation and enhanced energy conservation.

If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can move thermostat temps about 4 degrees warmer without compromising comfort. That’s since they cool by a windchill effect. As they cool people, not spaces, turn them off when you move from a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too uncomfortable initially, try running an experiment for a week or so. Start by increasing your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, gradually decrease it while using the suggestions above. You might be astonished at how comfortable you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the air conditioner working all day while your home is empty. Turning the temp 7¬¬–10 degrees higher can save you as much as 5–15% on your AC costs, 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 usually results in a bigger air conditioner bills.

A programmable thermostat is a good approach to keep your settings in check, but it requires setting programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you run the risk of forgetting to raise the set temperature when you go.

If you need a convenient fix, think about installing 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 adjusts temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? Usually $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another perk of using a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to watch and change temperature settings from nearly anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR recommends 82 degrees, that could be too uncomfortable for most families. The majority of people sleep better when their sleeping space is chilly, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation recommends 60–67 degrees. But that might be too cold, based on your clothing and blanket preference.

We recommend using an equivalent test over a week, setting your temperature higher and gradually turning it down to pinpoint the best temp for your residence. On pleasant nights, you might learn keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a preferable solution than using the AC.

More Ways to Use Less Energy This Summer

There are extra approaches you can spend less money on cooling bills throughout warm weather.

  1. Upgrade to 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 home more comfortable while keeping cooling
  2. costs down.
  3. Schedule annual AC service. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment operating like it should and might help it operate at greater efficiency. It might also help extend its life span, since it allows pros to find seemingly insignificant troubles before they lead to an expensive meltdown.
  4. Put in new air filters regularly. Follow manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A dirty filter can cause your system to short cycle, or run too often, and raise your energy
  5. costs.
  6. Check attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of homes in the U.S. don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most southern climates need 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork examined. Ductwork that has loosened over the years can seep conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create huge comfort problems in your house, such as hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep hot air in its place by plugging holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more cold air indoors.

Save More Energy This Summer with Alan Energy Services Air Conditioning and Heating Company

If you need to use less energy during warm weather, our Alan Energy Services Air Conditioning and Heating Company specialists can provide assistance. Give us a call at 630-570-0252 or contact us online for extra info about our energy-efficient cooling options.

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