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Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t be forced to compromise on comfort or drain your wallet to keep your home at the right setting during muggy weather.

But what is the best setting, exactly? We go over recommendations from energy experts so you can choose the best temperature for your house.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most households find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a major difference between your inside and outside temps, your electricity bills will be higher.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that appears hot, there are approaches you can keep your home refreshing without having the AC running all the time.

Keeping windows and curtains shut during the day keeps cool air where it needs to be—inside. Some window treatments, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to deliver extra insulation and improved energy efficiency.

If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can raise thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees warmer without compromising comfort. That’s because they freshen through a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not rooms, shut them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still appears too uncomfortable at first glance, try conducting a trial for approximately a week. Start by upping your setting to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, gradually turn it down while following the tips above. You may be surprised 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 home is vacant. Turning the temp 7¬¬–10 degrees higher can save you as much as 5–15% on your AC bills, according to the DOE.

When you arrive home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your house faster. This isn’t productive and typically produces a higher cooling cost.

A programmable thermostat is a useful way to keep your temp controlled, but it requires setting programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you risk forgetting to raise the set temperature when you go.

If you’re looking for a convenient fix, think about buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at home and when you’re out. Then it automatically modifies temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? About $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

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

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR advises 82 degrees, that could be unbearable for the majority of families. Many people sleep better when their sleeping space is cold, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation advises 60–67 degrees. But that might be too cold, due to your PJ and blanket preference.

We recommend trying a similar test over a week, moving your temperature higher and progressively decreasing it to select the best temp for your house. On mild nights, you may learn keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a superior solution than running the AC.

More Methods to Save Energy During Hot Weather

There are extra approaches you can spend less money on cooling bills throughout the summer.

  1. Install an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they become older. A new air conditioner can keep your home cooler while keeping AC
  2. costs small.
  3. Set regular air conditioning service. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment working smoothly and could help it run more efficiently. It may also help prolong its life expectancy, since it allows pros to discover seemingly insignificant problems before they lead to a big meltdown.
  4. Put in new air filters regularly. Follow manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A clogged filter can lead to your system short cycling, or switch on and off too often, and increase your cooling
  5. expenses.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of houses in the United States don’t have enough insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most southern climates should have 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates need 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork examined. Ductwork that has loosened over the years can seep cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in big comfort problems in your home, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep humid air where it should be by closing holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more cool air within your home.

Use Less Energy During Hot Weather with Climate Control Systems

If you want to save more energy this summer, our Climate Control Systems pros can help. Give us a call at 828-283-0369 or contact us online for extra info about our energy-efficient cooling options.

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