Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t have to give up comfort or drain your wallet to keep your house at a refreshing temperature during summer weather.

But what is the best temp, exactly? We review recommendations from energy pros 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 Saint Petersburg.

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 inside and exterior temperatures, your cooling bills will be larger.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that appears too high, there are methods you can keep your home refreshing without having the air conditioner on constantly.

Keeping windows and curtains shut during the day keeps cool air where it should be—within your home. Some window treatments, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to offer added insulation and better energy savings.

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

If 78 degrees still appears too warm on the surface, try conducting a trial for approximately a week. Start by raising your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, progressively lower it while following the ideas above. You could be astonished at how comfortable you feel at a higher temperature setting.

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

When you come home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat under 78 to cool your residence faster. This isn’t useful and often leads to a more expensive AC bills.

A programmable thermostat is a good method to keep your settings in check, but you have to set programs. If you don’t set programs, you risk forgetting to change the set temperature when you go.

If you want a hassle-free resolution, consider getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it knows when you’re at home and when you’re gone. Then it instinctively changes temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? About $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

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

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

We recommend using an equivalent test over a week, setting your thermostat higher and slowly turning it down to locate the ideal temperature for your house. On cool nights, you could discover keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a preferable option than operating the air conditioning.

More Approaches to Use Less Energy This Summer

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

  1. Get an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they become older. An updated air conditioner can keep your house cooler while keeping energy
  2. costs small.
  3. Schedule annual AC service. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment operating properly and may help it run at better efficiency. It may also help lengthen its life cycle, since it enables professionals to pinpoint little problems before they lead to an expensive meltdown.
  4. Switch air filters regularly. Follow manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A dirty filter can result in your system short cycling, or switch on and off too frequently, and increase your electricity
  5. expenses.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of residences in the U.S. don’t have adequate insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. The majority of southern climates should have 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has loosened over time can seep cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create huge comfort troubles in your residence, like hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep humid air where it should be by plugging openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more conditioned air within your home.

Use Less Energy During Hot Weather with Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc

If you need to save more energy during hot weather, our Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc specialists can assist you. Give us a call at 727-369-6195 or contact us online for more information about our energy-conserving cooling options.

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