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Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t be forced to compromise on comfort or empty your wallet to keep your house at the right temp during the summer.

But what is the right setting, exactly? We discuss advice from energy professionals so you can choose the best temperature for your residence.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most households find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a big difference between your indoor and exterior temperatures, your electricity expenses 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 appears too high, there are approaches you can keep your house refreshing without having the AC going all the time.

Keeping windows and curtains shut during the day keeps chilled air where it belongs—inside. Some window treatments, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to give added insulation and improved energy efficiency.

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can raise thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees hotter without sacrificing comfort. That’s due to the fact they cool through a windchill effect. As they cool people, not spaces, turn them off when you leave a room.

If 78 degrees still seems too hot at first glance, try running a trial for about a week. Begin by upping your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, progressively turn it down while adhering to the advice above. You might be amazed at how cool you feel at a warmer temperature setting.

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

When you come home, don’t be tempted to set your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your home more rapidly. This isn’t effective and often produces a higher air conditioner cost.

A programmable thermostat is a good method to keep your settings in check, 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 want a convenient resolution, think over installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it knows when you’re at home and when you’re gone. Then it automatically changes temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? About $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another plus of getting a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to keep an eye on and regulate temperature settings from almost anywhere.

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

We advise trying a comparable test over a week, putting your temp higher and progressively lowering it to pick the ideal temperature for your family. On mild nights, you could discover keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a superior solution than operating the air conditioning.

More Ways to Save Energy During Hot Weather

There are extra methods you can conserve money on cooling bills throughout warm weather.

  1. Buy an energy-efficient AC system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they become older. An updated air conditioner can keep your residence comfier while keeping electrical
  2. bills small.
  3. Set yearly air conditioning service. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit working like it should and could help it run at better efficiency. It may also help extend its life cycle, since it enables techs to find seemingly insignificant problems before they lead to a major meltdown.
  4. Change air filters often. Follow manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A clogged filter can cause your system to short cycle, or run too frequently, and increase your utility
  5. bills.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of residences in the United States don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates should have 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates need 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork examined. Ductwork that has come apart over time can let cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in major comfort issues in your home, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep warm air in its place by sealing cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more conditioned air within your home.

Conserve More Energy During Warm Weather with Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning

If you need to use less energy during warm weather, our Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning specialists can provide assistance. Give us a call at 760-784-9034 or contact us online for extra info about our energy-efficient cooling solutions.

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