Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t be forced to give up comfort or empty your wallet to keep your house at the right setting 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 is ideal. However, if there’s a huge difference between your indoor and exterior temperatures, your electricity costs 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 seems too high, there are methods you can keep your house refreshing without having the AC on frequently.

Keeping windows and blinds 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 house, 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 appears too hot at first glance, try running a test for approximately a week. Begin by upping your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, progressively turn it down while using the advice above. You could be amazed at how refreshed you feel at a hotter temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no reason to keep the air conditioning working all day while your residence is vacant. Switching 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 quickly. This isn’t effective and often leads to a higher air conditioner cost.

A programmable thermostat is a good approach to keep your settings in check, but you need to set programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you might forget to raise the set temperature when you take off.

If you need a handy resolution, think about 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 modifies temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? Typically $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another plus of getting 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 suggests 82 degrees, that could be too uncomfortable for the majority of families. The majority of people sleep better when their sleeping area is chilly, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation advises 60–67 degrees. But that could be too cold, due to your pajama and blanket preference.

We suggest trying an equivalent test over a week, moving your temp higher and progressively decreasing it to pick the ideal setting for your family. On mild nights, you could learn keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a preferable solution than using the air conditioning.

More Ways to Save Energy During Hot Weather

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

  1. Buy an energy-efficient cooling 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 down.
  3. Book regular air conditioning tune-ups. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit operating properly and could help it run at better efficiency. It can also help extend its life expectancy, since it helps techs to find seemingly insignificant problems before they lead to a major meltdown.
  4. Change air filters regularly. Follow manufacturer instructions for changing 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 houses in the U.S. 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 checked. Ductwork that has loosened over the years can let conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create major comfort troubles in your home, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep muggy air where it should be by sealing cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more conditioned air within your home.

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

If you need to conserve more energy during warm weather, our Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning specialists can assist you. Give us a call at 760-784-9034 or contact us online for additional details about our energy-efficient cooling solutions.

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