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Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t have to compromise on comfort or empty your wallet to keep your residence at the right temp during warm days.

But what is the right temperature, exactly? We discuss advice from energy experts so you can choose the best temp for your loved ones.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a huge difference between your inside and outside temps, your utility bills will be greater.

These are our suggestions based on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and ENERGY STAR®.

While at home: 78 degrees. While that seems warm, there are ways you can keep your residence cool without having the AC running frequently.

Keeping windows and window treatments closed during the day keeps cold air where it should be—inside. Some window solutions, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to provide extra insulation and better energy savings.

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can raise thermostat settings about 4 degrees hotter without sacrificing comfort. That’s since they refresh by a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not areas, switch them off when you leave a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too hot at first glance, try doing an experiment for approximately a week. Begin by upping your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, progressively decrease it while following the tips above. You could be astonished at how cool you feel at a hotter temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the air conditioner on all day while your home is unoccupied. Switching the temp 7¬¬–10 degrees hotter can save you as much as 5–15% on your air conditioning expenses, according to the DOE.

When you get home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat under 78 to cool your residence more quickly. This isn’t productive and usually produces a more expensive electrical bills.

A programmable thermostat is a useful approach to keep your temperature in check, but you need to set programs. If you don’t use programs, you risk forgetting to raise the set temperature when you take off.

If you need a convenient remedy, think over installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your house and when you’re gone. Then it automatically adjusts temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? An estimated $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another perk of installing 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 may be too uncomfortable for many families. Most people sleep better when their sleeping space is cold, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation advises 60–67 degrees. But that may be too chilly, due to your PJ and blanket preference.

We suggest running a comparable test over a week, setting your thermostat higher and steadily lowering it to find the right setting for your house. On mild nights, you could discover keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a preferable solution than using the AC.

More Methods to Save Energy This Summer

There are extra approaches you can spend less money on cooling bills throughout the summer.

  1. Get an energy-efficient AC system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they get older. An updated air conditioner can keep your home cooler while keeping electricity
  2. costs low.
  3. Schedule annual AC tune-ups. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your system operating properly and could help it operate at greater efficiency. It might also help extend its life cycle, since it enables pros to discover small troubles before they lead to an expensive meltdown.
  4. Change air filters regularly. Follow manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A dirty filter can cause your system to short cycle, or turn on and off too much, and drive up your electricity
  5. costs.
  6. Check attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of residences in the United States 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 inspected. Ductwork that has come apart over the years can let cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create big comfort troubles in your house, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep humid air in its place by sealing holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more conditioned air inside.

Conserve More Energy This Summer with Brandon Heating and Plumbing

If you want to use less energy this summer, our Brandon Heating and Plumbing pros can help. Give us a call at 204-728-0180 or contact us online for more info about our energy-conserving cooling solutions.

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