Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t need to give up comfort or empty your wallet to keep your house at a refreshing temp during warm days.

But what is the right setting, exactly? We go over recommendations from energy professionals so you can select the best setting for your loved ones.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a big difference between your inside and outdoor temperatures, your electricity bills will be bigger.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that appears too high, there are ways you can keep your home cool without having the air conditioner running frequently.

Keeping windows and curtains down during the day keeps chilled air where it belongs—indoors. Some window treatments, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to offer more insulation and better energy efficiency.

If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can raise thermostat temps about 4 degrees warmer without compromising comfort. That’s due to the fact they refresh by a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not areas, shut them off when you leave a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too uncomfortable initially, try conducting an experiment for a week or so. Start by increasing your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, gradually turn it down while using the ideas above. You could be amazed at how comfortable you feel at a hotter temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the AC on all day while your residence is vacant. Turning 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 put your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your residence more rapidly. This isn’t useful and usually leads to a higher electricity bills.

A programmable thermostat is a good approach to keep your temp controlled, but you need to set programs. If you don’t set programs, you might forget to move the set temperature when you leave.

If you need a hassle-free fix, think about installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at your house and when you’re out. Then it instinctively changes temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? An estimated $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

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

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR recommends 82 degrees, that might be unpleasant for many families. Most people sleep better when their sleeping area is cold, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation recommends 60–67 degrees. But that might be too chilly, based on your pajama and blanket preference.

We advise following a similar test over a week, putting your temperature higher and progressively turning it down to locate the ideal setting for your residence. On mild nights, you might find keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a better solution than operating the air conditioning.

More Approaches to Save Energy This Summer

There are added ways you can save money on energy bills throughout warm weather.

  1. Buy an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they become older. An updated air conditioner can keep your home cooler while keeping electrical
  2. expenses down.
  3. Set regular air conditioning tune-ups. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment operating smoothly and may help it run at better efficiency. It could also help lengthen its life span, since it helps professionals to find little troubles before they cause an expensive meltdown.
  4. Put in new air filters often. Read manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A clogged filter can result in your system short cycling, or switch on and off too much, and raise your electricity
  5. costs.
  6. Measure attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of residences in the USA don’t have enough insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. The majority of southern climates need 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates need 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork inspected. Ductwork that has separated over the years can leak cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in huge comfort troubles in your residence, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep muggy air where it should be by plugging cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more conditioned air indoors.

Save More Energy This Summer with Eco Fresh HVAC Inc.

If you are looking to conserve more energy this summer, our Eco Fresh HVAC Inc. pros can provide assistance. Give us a call at 714-855-1717 or contact us online for more information about our energy-conserving cooling products.

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