Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t be forced to sacrifice comfort or empty your wallet to keep your home at a refreshing setting during summer weather.

But what is the ideal temp, exactly? We discuss ideas from energy experts so you can select the best setting for your residence.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most people find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a major difference between your indoor and exterior temperatures, your electricity costs will be larger.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that appears warm, there are methods you can keep your residence cool without having the air conditioner on constantly.

Keeping windows and window treatments shut during the day keeps chilled air where it needs to be—inside. Some window coverings, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to give extra insulation and enhanced energy conservation.

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can move thermostat temps about 4 degrees hotter without compromising comfort. That’s since they cool by a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not rooms, switch them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still appears too warm at first glance, try doing a trial for a week or so. Get started by increasing your setting to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, steadily lower it while adhering to the ideas above. You may be shocked at how comfortable you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the air conditioner working all day while your residence is empty. Moving the temperature 7¬¬–10 degrees warmer 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 colder than 78 to cool your home more quickly. This isn’t productive and usually results in a more expensive electricity bills.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful way to keep your temp in check, 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 want a handy solution, consider getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects 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 getting a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to monitor and change temperature settings from nearly anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR recommends 82 degrees, that may be too uncomfortable for many families. The majority of people sleep better when their sleeping space is cold, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation recommends 60–67 degrees. But that could be too cool, due to your clothing and blanket preference.

We suggest following a similar test over a week, putting your thermostat higher and progressively lowering it to locate the right setting for your family. On pleasant nights, you might find keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a preferable idea than using the air conditioning.

More Methods to Use Less Energy During Warm Weather

There are other ways you can save money on cooling bills throughout the summer.

  1. Buy an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they get older. An updated air conditioner can keep your residence cooler while keeping electrical
  2. costs down.
  3. Book annual air conditioner tune-ups. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your system operating smoothly and may help it operate at greater efficiency. It can also help extend its life span, since it helps technicians to discover small troubles before they cause a major meltdown.
  4. Change air filters frequently. Read manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A dirty filter can result in your system short cycling, or run too often, and increase your energy
  5. bills.
  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 require 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork examined. Ductwork that has come apart as it’s aged can seep cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create huge comfort problems in your residence, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep warm air in its place by plugging cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more cool air within your home.

Use Less Energy During Hot Weather with Premium Air Services LLC

If you want to use less energy this summer, our Premium Air Services LLC experts can provide assistance. Reach us at 713-364-9957 or contact us online for more details about our energy-conserving cooling products.

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