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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 pleasant temperature during muggy weather.

But what is the right setting, exactly? We discuss ideas from energy specialists so you can select the best temperature for your family.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most households find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a big difference between your indoor and outside warmth, your cooling costs will be higher.

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

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

Keeping windows and curtains shut during the day keeps chilled air where it belongs—indoors. Some window solutions, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to give added insulation and enhanced energy efficiency.

If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can raise thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees higher without giving up comfort. That’s since they freshen through a windchill effect. As they cool people, not rooms, shut them off when you move from a room.

If 78 degrees still appears too warm at first glance, try conducting a trial for a week or so. Get started by raising your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, steadily lower it while using the tips above. You could be amazed at how cool you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the air conditioning running all day while your house is empty. Switching the setting 7¬¬–10 degrees higher can save you anywhere from 5–15% on your cooling expenses, according to the DOE.

When you get home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat under 78 to cool your home more quickly. This isn’t productive and typically produces a bigger electrical expense.

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

If you need a hassle-free resolution, think about buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at home and when you’re out. Then it intuitively adjusts temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? Usually $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another benefit of installing a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to keep an eye on 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 advises 60–67 degrees. But that could be too chilly, based on your PJ and blanket preference.

We recommend running a comparable test over a week, moving your temp higher and gradually decreasing it to choose the ideal setting for your house. On cool nights, you may discover keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a preferable solution than running the air conditioning.

More Ways to Save Energy During Warm Weather

There are added methods you can conserve money on air conditioning bills throughout warm weather.

  1. Install an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they become older. A new air conditioner can keep your home more comfortable while keeping electrical
  2. bills small.
  3. Book regular air conditioning maintenance. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment working like it should and may help it run at better efficiency. It can also help extend its life expectancy, since it allows pros to uncover little issues before they cause a major meltdown.
  4. Switch air filters frequently. Follow manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A clogged filter can result in your system short cycling, or turn on and off too frequently, and drive up your utility
  5. costs.
  6. Measure attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of homes in the U.S. don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates should have 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates need 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork inspected. Ductwork that has come apart over the years can leak cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create huge comfort issues in your house, such as hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep hot air where it should be by sealing openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more conditioned air inside.

Use Less Energy During Warm Weather with Hopper Heating and Air

If you want to save more energy during warm weather, our Hopper Heating and Air pros can help. Reach us at 704-233-7363 or contact us online for more details about our energy-saving cooling products.

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