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Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

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

But what is the best temp, exactly? We discuss recommendations from energy experts so you can select the best temperature for your residence.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a huge difference between your inside and outside warmth, your electricity bills will be bigger.

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 home cool without having the air conditioning running all the time.

Keeping windows and blinds down during the day keeps cool air where it needs to be—indoors. Some window coverings, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to give added insulation and improved energy efficiency.

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can move thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees higher without giving up comfort. That’s since they refresh by a windchill effect. As they cool people, not spaces, shut them off when you leave a room.

If 78 degrees still seems too warm on the surface, try doing a trial for about a week. Start by increasing your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, gradually lower it while adhering to the suggestions above. You might be astonished at how cool you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the air conditioner working all day while your house is empty. Moving the temperature 7¬¬–10 degrees hotter can save you anywhere from 5–15% on your AC costs, according to the DOE.

When you arrive home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your residence faster. This isn’t useful and often results in a higher electricity cost.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful way to keep your settings controlled, but you have to set programs. If you don’t set programs, you run the risk of forgetting to raise the set temperature when you leave.

If you want a hassle-free solution, think over buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at home and when you’re gone. Then it automatically modifies temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? Usually $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another plus of getting a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to keep an eye on and adjust temperature settings from almost anywhere.

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

We advise running a comparable test over a week, setting your temp higher and progressively turning it down to pick the right setting for your family. On pleasant nights, you could discover keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a preferable idea than operating the air conditioner.

More Methods to Use Less Energy During Warm Weather

There are added ways you can spend less money on AC bills throughout the summer.

  1. Upgrade to an energy-efficient AC system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they get older. An updated air conditioner can keep your home comfier while keeping energy
  2. costs small.
  3. Book regular air conditioning service. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit working like it should and might help it operate more efficiently. It can also help prolong its life cycle, since it enables techs to find seemingly insignificant troubles before they lead to a big meltdown.
  4. Replace air filters often. Use manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A dusty filter can lead to your system short cycling, or switch on and off too often, and raise your utility
  5. expenses.
  6. Check attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of homes in the USA don’t have enough insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates need 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates need 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork examined. Ductwork that has separated over time can leak conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to big comfort troubles in your home, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep warm air where it belongs by closing cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more conditioned air inside.

Conserve More Energy During Warm Weather with Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning

If you are looking to conserve more energy during hot weather, our Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning experts can provide assistance. Get in touch with us at 308-624-3485 or contact us online for additional details about our energy-saving cooling products.

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