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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 ideal temp, exactly? We go over suggestions from energy experts so you can choose the best temp 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 interior and outside temps, your electricity bills will be higher.

This is our advice 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 pleasant without having the AC running all the time.

Keeping windows and blinds down 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 better energy efficiency.

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can raise thermostat temps about 4 degrees higher without giving up comfort. That’s because they freshen through a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not rooms, switch them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still seems too uncomfortable at first glance, try doing a trial for approximately a week. Start by increasing your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, gradually decrease it while following the tips above. You may be surprised at how refreshed you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the AC going all day while your home is empty. Turning the setting 7¬¬–10 degrees higher can save you an estimated 5–15% on your air conditioning bills, according to the DOE.

When you get home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your house faster. This isn’t useful and typically leads to a higher air conditioner expense.

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

If you’re looking for a handy fix, think over getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at home and when you’re gone. Then it automatically modifies temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? Typically $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 adjust temperature settings from almost anywhere.

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

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

More Methods to Save Energy During Warm Weather

There are extra methods you can conserve 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 become less efficient as they get older. A new air conditioner can keep your home comfier while keeping electricity
  2. costs down.
  3. Book yearly AC tune-ups. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit working smoothly and might help it run more efficiently. It may also help lengthen its life cycle, since it allows pros to discover seemingly insignificant problems before they create a major meltdown.
  4. Put in new air filters regularly. Follow manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A clogged filter can result in your system short cycling, or turn on and off too often, and increase your cooling
  5. expenses.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of residences in the United States don’t have enough insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates need 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork checked. 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 openings, doors and windows. Keep humid air in its place by closing openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more cool air inside.

Conserve More Energy During Warm Weather with Climate Control Systems

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

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