Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t have to sacrifice comfort or empty your wallet to keep your home at the right temp during summer weather.

But what is the best temp, exactly? We review ideas from energy pros so you can find the best setting for your loved ones.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a big difference between your interior and exterior temps, your AC expenses will be bigger.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that appears hot, there are methods you can keep your home pleasant without having the air conditioner running frequently.

Keeping windows and curtains closed during the day keeps cool air where it should be—within your home. Some window solutions, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to offer added insulation and better energy savings.

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can move thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees warmer without giving up comfort. That’s since they refresh with a windchill effect. Because they cool people, not spaces, turn them off when you move from a room.

If 78 degrees still seems too hot at first glance, try doing a test for about a week. Begin by raising your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, progressively lower it while adhering to the advice above. You may be amazed at how comfortable you feel at a hotter temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no reason to keep the AC on all day while your home is vacant. Moving the temperature 7¬¬–10 degrees hotter can save you as much as 5–15% on your electrical expenses, according to the DOE.

When you come home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your house more rapidly. This isn’t productive and typically leads to a more expensive electricity expense.

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’re looking for a convenient solution, think over buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your house and when you’re out. Then it instinctively modifies temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? An estimated $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another plus of having a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to keep an eye on and regulate temperature settings from nearly anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR suggests 82 degrees, that may be unpleasant for most families. Most people sleep better when their sleeping space is cold, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation recommends 60–67 degrees. But that may be too cool, based on your pajama and blanket preference.

We suggest following a similar test over a week, moving your temp higher and steadily lowering it to pinpoint the best setting for your house. On mild nights, you might find keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a superior idea than running the air conditioner.

More Approaches to Use Less Energy During Hot Weather

There are other ways you can conserve money on AC bills throughout warm weather.

  1. Get an energy-efficient AC system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they become older. A new air conditioner can keep your residence more comfortable while keeping AC
  2. expenses small.
  3. Book yearly air conditioning tune-ups. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment running like it should and might help it run at greater efficiency. It may also help prolong its life cycle, since it enables technicians to pinpoint seemingly insignificant problems before they cause a major meltdown.
  4. Put in new air filters often. Read manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A clogged filter can lead to your system short cycling, or switch on and off too much, and drive up your energy
  5. bills.
  6. Measure attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of homes in the United States don’t have adequate insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. The majority of southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork inspected. Ductwork that has come apart over time can let cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to huge comfort troubles in your residence, like hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep muggy air where it belongs by sealing cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more conditioned air inside.

Save More Energy During Warm Weather with Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning

If you are looking to conserve more energy during hot weather, our Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning pros can help. Get in touch with us at 209-257-3156 or contact us online for additional details about our energy-efficient cooling options.

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