Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t need to give up comfort or spend a lot to keep your house at a refreshing temperature during hot days.

But what is the right setting, exactly? We review advice from energy pros so you can select the best temp for your home.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most households find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a major difference between your indoor and outdoor temps, your AC bills will be greater.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that sounds hot, there are methods you can keep your home cool without having the AC on all the time.

Keeping windows and window treatments closed during the day keeps chilled air where it needs to be—inside. Some window treatments, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to give more insulation and improved energy efficiency.

If you have ceiling fans in your home, the DOE says you can move thermostat temps about 4 degrees warmer without giving up comfort. That’s because they freshen by a windchill effect. Because they cool people, not rooms, turn them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still seems too hot on the surface, try conducting a test for about a week. Get started by upping your setting to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, progressively decrease it while adhering to the tips above. You might be amazed at how comfortable you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no reason to keep the air conditioner on all day while your house is unoccupied. Moving the temp 7¬¬–10 degrees higher can save you an estimated 5–15% on your cooling costs, according to the DOE.

When you come home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat under 78 to cool your residence more rapidly. This isn’t useful and usually leads to a more expensive cooling bills.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful method to keep your temp controlled, but you need to set programs. If you don’t use programs, you might forget to change the set temperature when you take off.

If you want a convenient fix, consider buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at your house and when you’re gone. Then it instinctively adjusts temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? Typically $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another perk of having a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to watch and regulate temperature settings from nearly anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR suggests 82 degrees, that might be too uncomfortable for many families. The majority of people sleep better when their bedroom is chilly, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation suggests 60–67 degrees. But that might be too cold, based on your pajama and blanket preference.

We recommend trying a comparable test over a week, putting your temp higher and gradually lowering it to locate the ideal temperature for your residence. On mild nights, you might learn keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a preferable option than operating the air conditioning.

More Methods to Conserve Energy This Summer

There are additional ways you can spend less money on energy bills throughout the summer.

  1. Upgrade to an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they become older. An updated air conditioner can keep your home cooler while keeping utility
  2. costs small.
  3. Set regular AC tune-ups. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment working smoothly and could help it work more efficiently. It can also help prolong its life expectancy, since it allows pros to discover little troubles before they create a major meltdown.
  4. Change air filters frequently. Use manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A dusty filter can cause your system to short cycle, or run too often, and raise your electrical
  5. expenses.
  6. Measure attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of residences in the USA don’t have adequate insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates need 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has loosened over time can leak cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in major comfort troubles in your home, such as hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep humid air in its place by sealing holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more cold air indoors.

Conserve More Energy This Summer with Airtronic Heating & Cooling

If you want to use less energy this summer, our Airtronic Heating & Cooling professionals can help. Get in touch with us at 313-230-4053 or contact us online for extra information about our energy-efficient cooling products.

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