Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t have to compromise on comfort or empty your wallet to keep your house at a refreshing setting during the summer.

But what is the right temp, 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 households find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a big difference between your indoor and outdoor warmth, your cooling expenses will be greater.

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 approaches you can keep your residence cool without having the AC running frequently.

Keeping windows and window treatments closed during the day keeps chilled air where it should be—within your home. Some window solutions, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to give more insulation and enhanced energy efficiency.

If you have ceiling fans in your home, the DOE says you can increase thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees higher without giving up comfort. That’s due to the fact they refresh with a windchill effect. Because 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 setting to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, gradually decrease it while following the suggestions above. You might be surprised at how cool 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 residence is unoccupied. Turning the temp 7¬¬–10 degrees hotter can save you as much as 5–15% on your AC bills, according to the DOE.

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

A programmable thermostat is a helpful method to keep your settings in check, but you need 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 over buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your house and when you’re away. Then it intuitively changes temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? An estimated $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

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

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR recommends 82 degrees, that may be unbearable for many 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, depending on your pajama and blanket preference.

We recommend using a comparable test over a week, moving your thermostat higher and slowly turning it down to pinpoint the best temperature for your house. On cool nights, you may discover keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a preferable option 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 warm weather.

  1. Get 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 house comfier while keeping electrical
  2. bills down.
  3. Schedule regular air conditioning tune-ups. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment operating smoothly and might help it run at greater efficiency. It could also help extend its life cycle, since it allows professionals to discover little troubles before they create an expensive meltdown.
  4. Change air filters regularly. Read manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A dirty filter can cause your system to short cycle, or run too much, 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. Many southern climates need 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has come apart over time can let cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to big comfort problems in your residence, such as hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep humid air where it should be by plugging holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more cold air indoors.

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