Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t have to sacrifice comfort or spend a lot to keep your house at a pleasant temp during hot days.

But what is the best setting, exactly? We discuss ideas from energy specialists so you can choose the best temperature for your loved ones.

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

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 indoor and exterior warmth, 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 seems warm, there are approaches you can keep your home cool without having the AC running frequently.

Keeping windows and window treatments shut during the day keeps cold air where it belongs—within your home. Some window treatments, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to deliver more insulation and improved energy savings.

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 due to the fact they freshen through a windchill effect. As they cool people, not spaces, switch them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too uncomfortable on the surface, try doing an experiment for approximately a week. Get started by raising your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, steadily turn it down while using the ideas above. You might be amazed at how cool you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the AC going all day while your residence is vacant. Turning the temp 7¬¬–10 degrees hotter can save you an estimated 5–15% on your electrical bills, according to the DOE.

When you get home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat below 78 to cool your residence more quickly. This isn’t effective and usually leads to a bigger cooling cost.

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

If you’re looking for a convenient solution, think over installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at home and when you’re away. Then it instinctively changes temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? An estimated $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

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

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

We suggest following an equivalent test over a week, setting your temperature higher and progressively turning it down to find the right temperature for your residence. On cool nights, you may find keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a better idea than operating the air conditioning.

More Methods to Use Less Energy This Summer

There are other methods you can conserve money on air conditioning bills throughout warm weather.

  1. Get an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they get older. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your house cooler while keeping cooling
  2. costs small.
  3. Set yearly AC service. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit operating smoothly and could help it work at greater efficiency. It might also help prolong its life expectancy, since it helps professionals to discover small issues before they cause a big meltdown.
  4. Put in new air filters frequently. Use manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A dusty filter can cause your system to short cycle, or turn on and off too often, and increase your electrical
  5. bills.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of homes in the USA don’t have enough insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most southern climates should have 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork examined. Ductwork that has come apart as it’s aged can seep cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in huge comfort issues in your home, like hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep hot air where it should be by closing holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more cold air indoors.

Use Less Energy This Summer with Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC

If you want to use less energy this summer, our Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC specialists can help. Give us a call at 513-268-5164 or contact us online for more details about our energy-conserving cooling products.

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