Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t have to sacrifice comfort or spend a lot to keep your home at the right setting during summer weather.

But what is the ideal setting, 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 is ideal. However, if there’s a big difference between your inside and exterior warmth, your utility 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 conditioning running frequently.

Keeping windows and blinds closed during the day keeps cool air where it should be—inside. Some window solutions, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to offer more insulation and better energy conservation.

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

If 78 degrees still seems too hot at first glance, try conducting a trial for approximately a week. Begin by raising your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, progressively lower it while using the advice above. You may be amazed at how comfortable you feel at a warmer temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no reason to keep the AC on all day while your home is empty. Switching the temperature 7¬¬–10 degrees warmer can save you an estimated 5–15% on your electrical expenses, according to the DOE.

When you come home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat under 78 to cool your house more quickly. This isn’t productive and typically produces a bigger electricity cost.

A programmable thermostat is a useful method to keep your temperature under control, but you have 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 handy remedy, think over buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your residence and when you’re gone. 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 advises 82 degrees, that may be unpleasant for most families. Most people sleep better when their sleeping area is cold, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation recommends 60–67 degrees. But that could be too cool, depending on your pajama and blanket preference.

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

More Methods to Use Less Energy During Hot Weather

There are added ways you can conserve money on AC bills throughout hot weather.

  1. Upgrade to an energy-efficient cooling 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 residence more comfortable while keeping AC
  2. costs down.
  3. Book regular air conditioning service. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment running properly and could help it run at better efficiency. It may also help lengthen its life expectancy, since it enables technicians to spot little problems before they cause a major meltdown.
  4. Put in new air filters often. Read manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A dusty filter can lead to your system short cycling, or turn on and off too much, and drive up your electrical
  5. bills.
  6. Measure attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of homes in the U.S. don’t have adequate insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates should have 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork inspected. Ductwork that has loosened over the years can seep conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to big 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 within your home.

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

If you need to conserve more energy during warm weather, our Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning experts can help. Reach us at 209-257-3156 or contact us online for extra info about our energy-efficient cooling options.

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