You shouldn’t have to sacrifice comfort or spend a lot to keep your house at the right setting during hot days.
But what is the best setting, exactly? We go over advice from energy professionals so you can select the best setting for your house.
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 provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a sizeable difference between your indoor and outside warmth, your AC costs will be larger.
These are our recommendations based on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and ENERGY STAR®.
While at home: 78 degrees. While that sounds hot, there are approaches you can keep your home pleasant without having the AC running all the time.
Keeping windows and window treatments down during the day keeps cold air where it needs to be—indoors. Some window treatments, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to give more insulation and better energy conservation.
If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can raise thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees warmer without compromising comfort. That’s because they refresh with a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not spaces, switch them off when you leave a room.
If 78 degrees still feels too uncomfortable on the surface, try conducting an experiment for about a week. Begin by raising your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, steadily decrease it while following the tips above. You may be shocked at how comfortable you feel at a higher temperature setting.
While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the air conditioning on all day while your house is empty. Switching the temperature 7¬¬–10 degrees warmer can save you an estimated 5–15% on your AC expenses, according to the DOE.
When you arrive home, don’t be tempted to set your thermostat under 78 to cool your residence more quickly. This isn’t effective and typically produces a more expensive electricity bills.
A programmable thermostat is a helpful approach to keep your temperature under control, but it requires setting programs. If you don’t set programs, you risk forgetting to change the set temperature when you go.
If you need a handy resolution, think over buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at your house and when you’re out. Then it automatically adjusts temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? About $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.
Another perk of getting 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 advises 82 degrees, that might be unpleasant for most families. Many people sleep better when their sleeping area is chilled, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation advises 60–67 degrees. But that may be too chilly, depending on your PJ and blanket preference.
We suggest using an equivalent test over a week, setting your thermostat higher and slowly turning it down to pick the right setting for your residence. On cool nights, you could learn keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a better idea than using the AC.
More Ways to Save Energy During Hot Weather
There are extra approaches you can spend less money on utility bills throughout warm weather.
- Upgrade to an energy-efficient AC system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they become older. A new air conditioner can keep your house cooler while keeping electrical costs down.
- Set regular air conditioner maintenance. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment working like it should and could help it run at better efficiency. It may also help prolong its life cycle, since it helps professionals to uncover little troubles before they create a major meltdown.
- Switch air filters often. Follow manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A dirty filter can result in your system short cycling, or switch on and off too often, and drive up your electrical expenses.
- Check attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of homes in the U.S. don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. The majority of southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
- Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has loosened as it’s aged can seep cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create huge comfort problems in your home, including hot and cold spots.
- Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep muggy air where it should be by sealing cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more cold air indoors.
Use Less Energy During Warm Weather with Eco Fresh HVAC Inc.
If you are looking to save more energy during warm weather, our Eco Fresh HVAC Inc. experts can provide assistance. Get in touch with us at 714-855-1717 or contact us online for more info about our energy-conserving cooling products.