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Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t be forced to give up comfort or drain your wallet to keep your home at a refreshing temp during the summer.

But what is the best setting, exactly? We discuss ideas from energy experts so you can choose the best setting for your loved ones.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most households find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a huge difference between your indoor and exterior temps, your electricity costs will be greater.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that appears warm, there are approaches you can keep your residence pleasant without having the air conditioning going frequently.

Keeping windows and window treatments shut during the day keeps cold air where it needs to be—indoors. Some window coverings, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to provide added insulation and improved energy savings.

If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can move thermostat temps about 4 degrees warmer without sacrificing comfort. That’s since they refresh by a windchill effect. As they cool people, not areas, shut them off when you leave a room.

If 78 degrees still appears too hot on the surface, try doing a test for about a week. Get started by upping your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, gradually lower it while using the tips above. You might be shocked at how comfortable you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no reason to keep the air conditioning going all day while your house is unoccupied. Moving the temp 7¬¬–10 degrees warmer can save you as much as 5–15% on your AC costs, according to the DOE.

When you arrive home, don’t be tempted to set your thermostat under 78 to cool your home more quickly. This isn’t useful and typically leads to a more expensive cooling cost.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful way to keep your settings controlled, but you need to set programs. If you don’t set programs, you run the risk of forgetting to raise the set temperature when you go.

If you want a convenient resolution, think about getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at home and when you’re out. Then it instinctively adjusts temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? Typically $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

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

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

We recommend following a similar test over a week, moving your temperature higher and steadily turning it down to pick the ideal temp for your house. On cool nights, you might learn keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a better option than operating the AC.

More Approaches to Conserve Energy During Warm Weather

There are extra methods you can save money on air conditioning bills throughout hot weather.

  1. Install an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they become older. A new air conditioner can keep your house comfier while keeping electrical
  2. costs down.
  3. Book yearly air conditioner tune-ups. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment working properly and may help it run at greater efficiency. It might also help extend its life span, since it allows technicians to uncover little issues before they lead to a major meltdown.
  4. Change air filters frequently. Read manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A clogged filter can lead to your system short cycling, or switch on and off too frequently, and raise your utility
  5. expenses.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of houses in the U.S. don’t have adequate insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. The majority of southern climates should have 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork inspected. Ductwork that has loosened as it’s aged can seep cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to major comfort issues in your residence, like hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep humid air where it should be by closing cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more conditioned air indoors.

Use Less Energy During Warm Weather with Bain Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc

If you want to save more energy this summer, our Bain Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc pros can help. Get in touch with us at 256-270-1196 or contact us online for more information about our energy-efficient cooling solutions.

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