Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t have to sacrifice comfort or drain your wallet to keep your home at a pleasant setting during warm days.

But what is the right temperature, exactly? We discuss advice from energy pros so you can choose the best setting for your house.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most people find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a major difference between your inside and exterior temperatures, your electricity expenses will be bigger.

This is our advice based on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and ENERGY STAR®.

While at home: 78 degrees. While that seems too high, there are ways you can keep your residence pleasant without having the AC on constantly.

Keeping windows and window treatments down during the day keeps cool air where it belongs—indoors. Some window solutions, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to deliver more insulation and enhanced energy savings.

If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can increase thermostat settings about 4 degrees hotter without giving up comfort. That’s because they refresh by a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not areas, turn them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still seems too uncomfortable on the surface, try doing an experiment for about a week. Get started by increasing your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, progressively turn it down while adhering to the suggestions above. You may be amazed at how comfortable 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. Switching the temperature 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 set your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your home more quickly. This isn’t useful and typically leads to a bigger cooling expense.

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

If you’re looking for a convenient remedy, think about getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at your residence and when you’re away. Then it instinctively modifies temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? Usually $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another perk of installing a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to watch and regulate temperature settings from almost anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR recommends 82 degrees, that could be unbearable for most families. Most people sleep better when their sleeping space is chilled, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation suggests 60–67 degrees. But that might be too cool, based on your pajama and blanket preference.

We recommend trying a similar test over a week, putting your thermostat higher and gradually lowering it to find the best temp for your family. On mild nights, you may discover keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a superior solution than using the air conditioner.

More Approaches to Use Less Energy During Warm Weather

There are extra approaches you can conserve money on utility bills throughout warm weather.

  1. Buy an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they get older. A new air conditioner can keep your home comfier while keeping electricity
  2. expenses small.
  3. Schedule regular AC service. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your system working smoothly and could help it work at greater efficiency. It may also help lengthen its life expectancy, since it enables pros to spot seemingly insignificant troubles before they create a major meltdown.
  4. Replace air filters regularly. Read manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A clogged filter can result in your system short cycling, or run too often, and drive up your energy
  5. expenses.
  6. Measure attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of houses in the United States don’t have enough insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. The majority of southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork examined. Ductwork that has come apart over time can leak conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to big comfort issues in your house, like hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep humid air in its place by closing cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more cool air within your home.

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If you need to use less energy during hot weather, our Banister's Heating & Air Conditioning Services experts can assist you. Get in touch with us at 575-446-3948 or contact us online for more details about our energy-saving cooling products.

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