Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t be forced to give up comfort or spend a lot to keep your house at a pleasant setting during summer weather.

But what is the right temperature, exactly? We discuss suggestions from energy pros so you can find the best setting for your home.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most people find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a big difference between your interior and outdoor temps, your electricity bills will be larger.

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 ways you can keep your house cool without having the air conditioning running all the time.

Keeping windows and curtains down during the day keeps cold air where it should be—indoors. Some window treatments, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to provide added insulation and enhanced energy conservation.

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can increase thermostat temps about 4 degrees warmer without compromising comfort. That’s due to the fact they refresh through a windchill effect. Because they cool people, not rooms, switch them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too hot initially, try conducting a trial for a week or so. Begin by raising your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, gradually lower it while adhering to the tips above. You may be amazed at how cool you feel at a hotter temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the AC running all day while your residence is vacant. Switching the temperature 7¬¬–10 degrees warmer can save you an estimated 5–15% on your air conditioning costs, according to the DOE.

When you arrive home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your home more quickly. This isn’t effective and typically produces a more expensive electrical expense.

A programmable thermostat is a useful approach to keep your temperature under control, but you need to set programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you might forget to move the set temperature when you go.

If you need a handy solution, consider installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at your house and when you’re out. Then it intuitively modifies temperature settings for the best 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 monitor and adjust temperature settings from nearly anywhere.

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

We suggest using a similar test over a week, moving your thermostat higher and slowly turning it down to pick the ideal setting for your family. On mild nights, you may learn keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a superior solution than running the air conditioning.

More Ways to Use Less Energy This Summer

There are other approaches you can save money on cooling bills throughout warm weather.

  1. Upgrade to an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they get older. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your home comfier while keeping energy
  2. expenses low.
  3. Book annual AC tune-ups. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit running properly and could help it operate at greater efficiency. It might also help extend its life expectancy, since it allows technicians to uncover little problems before they lead to a big meltdown.
  4. Change air filters often. Follow manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A dusty filter can cause your system to short cycle, or turn on and off too much, and increase your cooling
  5. bills.
  6. Measure attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of houses in the USA don’t have adequate insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most 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 leak cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create huge comfort issues in your house, such as hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep humid air where it should be by closing openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more cold air inside.

Use Less Energy This Summer with MPC Heating & Cooling

If you want to use less energy this summer, our MPC Heating & Cooling professionals can assist you. Give us a call at 308-832-4321 or contact us online for more information about our energy-conserving cooling products.

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