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Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t have to compromise on 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 residence.

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 provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a sizeable difference between your interior and outside temps, your AC expenses will be greater.

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 residence cool without having the air conditioner going constantly.

Keeping windows and curtains shut during the day keeps cold air where it belongs—inside. Some window treatments, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to offer added insulation and enhanced energy savings.

If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can move thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees higher without giving up comfort. That’s since they cool by a windchill effect. As they cool people, not spaces, turn them off when you exit 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 turn it down while adhering to the suggestions above. You might be surprised 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 vacant. Turning the temp 7¬¬–10 degrees higher can save you an estimated 5–15% on your air conditioning expenses, according to the DOE.

When you get home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat below 78 to cool your home more quickly. This isn’t productive and usually results in a more expensive air conditioner bills.

A programmable thermostat is a useful method 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 want 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 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another benefit of using a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to keep an eye on and change temperature settings from nearly anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR recommends 82 degrees, that might be too uncomfortable for most families. Many 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 chilly, depending on your PJ and blanket preference.

We recommend using an equivalent test over a week, setting your temp higher and gradually turning it down to pinpoint the right temp for your house. On pleasant nights, you could learn keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a superior solution than using the air conditioning.

More Ways to Conserve Energy This Summer

There are extra methods you can conserve money on utility bills throughout hot weather.

  1. Get an energy-efficient AC system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they become older. A new air conditioner can keep your home more comfortable while keeping cooling
  2. expenses small.
  3. Schedule annual AC tune-ups. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment operating properly and could help it operate at better efficiency. It might also help extend its life span, since it allows pros to uncover little 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 increase your electrical
  5. costs.
  6. Check attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of homes in the United States don’t have adequate 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 examined. Ductwork that has come apart over the years can let conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in huge comfort problems in your residence, such as hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep hot air where it should be by closing holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more conditioned air indoors.

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

If you need to conserve more energy during hot weather, our Alan Energy Services Air Conditioning and Heating Company specialists can assist you. Give us a call at 630-833-1100 or contact us online for additional details about our energy-efficient cooling options.

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