Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t need to compromise on comfort or empty your wallet to keep your home at a pleasant setting during summer weather.

But what is the best setting, exactly? We review ideas from energy specialists so you can determine the best setting for your house.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most households find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a big difference between your inside and exterior temps, your utility expenses will be larger.

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

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

Keeping windows and blinds closed during the day keeps cool air where it needs to be—indoors. Some window treatments, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to deliver extra insulation and enhanced energy conservation.

If you have ceiling fans in your home, the DOE says you can increase thermostat temps about 4 degrees higher without compromising comfort. That’s because they refresh with a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not areas, turn them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still appears too uncomfortable on the surface, try conducting a trial for approximately a week. Start by increasing your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, progressively lower it while using the tips above. You might be surprised at how comfortable you feel at a hotter temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the AC working all day while your house is unoccupied. Turning the temp 7¬¬–10 degrees hotter can save you as much as 5–15% on your electrical bills, according to the DOE.

When you get home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your home faster. This isn’t useful and often produces a bigger cooling cost.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful approach to keep your settings in check, but you need to set programs. If you don’t set programs, you risk forgetting to change the set temperature when you take off.

If you’re looking for a hassle-free fix, consider getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your house and when you’re out. Then it instinctively modifies temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? An estimated $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another benefit of using a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to watch and change temperature settings from just about anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR recommends 82 degrees, that may be unbearable for many families. The majority of people sleep better when their sleeping space is chilled, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation suggests 60–67 degrees. But that may be too cool, depending on your pajama and blanket preference.

We suggest running a similar test over a week, moving your thermostat higher and steadily decreasing it to pick the right temp for your residence. On mild nights, you might discover keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a better solution than operating the air conditioning.

More Ways to Use Less Energy This Summer

There are additional approaches you can conserve money on utility bills throughout the summer.

  1. Get an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they get older. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your house more comfortable while keeping electrical
  2. bills down.
  3. Set yearly air conditioning service. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment working properly and may help it work at better efficiency. It can also help extend its life expectancy, since it enables techs to discover little issues before they lead to an expensive meltdown.
  4. Put in new air filters regularly. Read manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A dirty filter can cause your system to short cycle, or switch on and off too frequently, and raise your utility
  5. costs.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of residences in the U.S. 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 examined. Ductwork that has loosened as it’s aged can seep cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in big comfort issues in your home, like hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep muggy air where it should be by closing holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more cool air indoors.

Save More Energy During Hot Weather with Northglenn Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.

If you are looking to use less energy during warm weather, our Northglenn Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. pros can provide assistance. Reach us at 303-452-4146 or contact us online for more information about our energy-efficient cooling options.

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