Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t need to compromise on comfort or spend a lot to keep your house at a refreshing setting during hot days.

But what is the right setting, exactly? We discuss 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 huge difference between your inside and outdoor temperatures, your electricity bills will be greater.

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

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

Keeping windows and blinds shut during the day keeps chilled air where it belongs—indoors. Some window treatments, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to provide added insulation and better energy efficiency.

If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can raise thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees warmer without giving up comfort. That’s since they refresh with 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 upping your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, gradually decrease it while adhering to the ideas above. You might be amazed at how comfortable you feel at a warmer temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the AC on all day while your residence is empty. 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 switch your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your house more quickly. This isn’t productive and often 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 risk forgetting to raise the set temperature when you leave.

If you need a hassle-free fix, think over installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it is aware 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 keep an eye on and change temperature settings from almost anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR recommends 82 degrees, that might be unpleasant for the majority of 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 cold, based on your pajama and blanket preference.

We advise following a similar test over a week, moving your temperature higher and gradually turning it down to pick the ideal setting for your residence. On mild nights, you could find keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a better solution than using the AC.

More Approaches to Save Energy This Summer

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

  1. Buy an energy-efficient AC system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they get older. An updated air conditioner can keep your home cooler while keeping electrical
  2. expenses down.
  3. Set regular AC service. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit operating smoothly and may help it run at better efficiency. It could also help prolong its life span, since it enables professionals to find seemingly insignificant troubles before they cause an expensive meltdown.
  4. Put in new air filters often. Use manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A dusty filter can result in your system short cycling, or switch on and off too often, and increase your electricity
  5. costs.
  6. Measure attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of houses 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 time can leak conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create big comfort troubles in your house, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep muggy air in its place by closing 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 use less energy this summer, our Eco Fresh HVAC Inc. experts can assist you. Give us a call at 714-453-4711 or contact us online for more information about our energy-conserving cooling products.

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