Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t have to give up comfort or spend a lot to keep your house at a pleasant temp during the summer.

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

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most people find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a huge difference between your indoor and outdoor temps, your electrical expenses will be bigger.

This is our advice based on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and ENERGY STAR®.

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

Keeping windows and window treatments closed during the day keeps cold air where it should be—within your home. Some window coverings, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to give added insulation and enhanced energy efficiency.

If you have ceiling fans in your home, the DOE says you can increase thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees warmer without compromising comfort. That’s due to the fact they freshen with a windchill effect. As they cool people, not areas, turn them off when you leave a room.

If 78 degrees still appears too warm on the surface, try running a test for about a week. Start by raising your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, gradually turn it down while following the suggestions above. You could be astonished at how refreshed you feel at a warmer temperature setting.

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

When you get home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat under 78 to cool your home more quickly. This isn’t productive and often produces a more expensive AC cost.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful method to keep your settings in check, but you have to set programs. If you don’t use programs, you run the risk of forgetting to change the set temperature when you leave.

If you need a hassle-free fix, think about buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your residence and when you’re away. Then it intuitively modifies temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? An estimated $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

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

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR recommends 82 degrees, that may be unpleasant for the majority of families. Most people sleep better when their sleeping space is chilly, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation suggests 60–67 degrees. But that may be too cool, based on your pajama and blanket preference.

We recommend using an equivalent test over a week, putting your thermostat higher and slowly turning it down to pinpoint the right setting for your house. On cool nights, you may discover keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a superior idea than running the air conditioner.

More Approaches to Use Less Energy This Summer

There are extra approaches you can spend less money on air conditioning bills throughout hot weather.

  1. Upgrade to an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they become older. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your residence cooler while keeping electrical
  2. bills small.
  3. Schedule regular air conditioning tune-ups. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit operating smoothly and might help it run at greater efficiency. It could also help extend its life cycle, since it allows technicians to discover little troubles before they create an expensive meltdown.
  4. Change air filters often. Use manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A dirty filter can cause your system to short cycle, or run too often, and increase your utility
  5. costs.
  6. Measure attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of homes in the U.S. don’t have enough insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. The majority of southern climates need 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork examined. Ductwork that has loosened over time can let cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to huge comfort problems in your house, such as hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep humid air in its place by plugging holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more conditioned air indoors.

Save More Energy During Hot Weather with Ilten's Incorporated

If you want to save more energy this summer, our Ilten's Incorporated professionals can provide assistance. Reach us at 319-208-3295 or contact us online for additional details about our energy-efficient cooling products.

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