Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t be forced to compromise on comfort or spend a lot to keep your residence at the right setting during summer weather.

But what is the ideal temp, exactly? We go over advice from energy specialists so you can choose the best temp for your home.

Here’s what we advise for the most energy-efficient setting for air conditioning in St. Cloud.

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a sizeable difference between your inside and outside temps, your electrical 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 sounds too high, there are methods you can keep your house refreshing without having the air conditioner going constantly.

Keeping windows and blinds closed during the day keeps cold air where it needs to be—within your home. Some window solutions, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to offer extra insulation and enhanced energy savings.

If you have ceiling fans in your home, the DOE says you can move thermostat settings about 4 degrees higher without compromising comfort. That’s since they refresh with a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not spaces, shut them off when you move from a room.

If 78 degrees still seems too uncomfortable initially, try running an experiment for approximately a week. Get started by raising your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, steadily turn it down while following the suggestions above. You might be astonished at how comfortable you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the AC running all day while your residence is empty. Turning the setting 7¬¬–10 degrees higher can save you an estimated 5–15% on your cooling bills, according to the DOE.

When you get home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat under 78 to cool your home more quickly. This isn’t useful and typically produces a higher air conditioner expense.

A programmable thermostat is a useful way to keep your temp controlled, but you have to set programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you might forget to change the set temperature when you go.

If you’re looking for a handy fix, consider installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at home and when you’re out. Then it intuitively changes temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? An estimated $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another advantage of installing a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to monitor and adjust temperature settings from almost anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR advises 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 suggests 60–67 degrees. But that could be too chilly, depending on your clothing and blanket preference.

We recommend running a comparable test over a week, putting your thermostat higher and progressively turning it down to select the ideal temperature for your family. On mild nights, you may learn keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a superior option than using the air conditioning.

More Ways to Save Energy During Warm Weather

There are additional approaches you can save money on air conditioning bills throughout the summer.

  1. Buy an energy-efficient AC system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they age. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your residence cooler while keeping cooling
  2. costs down.
  3. Set annual air conditioning tune-ups. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment operating like it should and could help it work at greater efficiency. It may also help prolong its life span, since it allows professionals to discover small problems before they lead to an expensive meltdown.
  4. Put in new air filters frequently. Follow manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A dusty filter can lead to your system short cycling, or switch on and off too much, and increase your electricity
  5. expenses.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of residences in the United States don’t have enough insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates should have 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork inspected. Ductwork that has loosened as it’s aged can seep cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to huge comfort troubles in your house, like hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep muggy air in its place by plugging cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more conditioned air within your home.

Use Less Energy During Warm Weather with Osceola Air, LLC

If you want to save more energy during hot weather, our Osceola Air, LLC pros can assist you. Get in touch with us at 407-477-6319 or contact us online for more details about our energy-conserving cooling options.

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