Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t be forced to give up comfort or empty your wallet to keep your home at a refreshing temperature during warm days.

But what is the ideal setting, exactly? We go over ideas from energy specialists so you can select the best temp for your family.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a sizeable difference between your indoor and outdoor 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 sounds warm, there are approaches you can keep your residence cool without having the AC on constantly.

Keeping windows and curtains down during the day keeps cold air where it should be—inside. Some window treatments, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to deliver more insulation and better energy savings.

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can increase thermostat settings about 4 degrees higher without compromising comfort. That’s because they cool with a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not areas, switch them off when you move from a room.

If 78 degrees still appears too warm initially, try doing a trial for about a week. Begin by increasing your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, steadily turn it down while adhering to the ideas above. You could be surprised at how comfortable you feel at a warmer temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the AC running all day while your home is vacant. Moving the setting 7¬¬–10 degrees warmer can save you as much as 5–15% on your electrical costs, according to the DOE.

When you arrive home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat below 78 to cool your residence more rapidly. This isn’t effective and often produces a higher cooling cost.

A programmable thermostat is a good method to keep your temperature controlled, but you have to set programs. If you don’t set programs, you run the risk of forgetting to raise the set temperature when you leave.

If you need a convenient fix, think over buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at home and when you’re gone. Then it instinctively changes temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? An estimated $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another perk of having a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to monitor and change temperature settings from just about anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR advises 82 degrees, that could be too uncomfortable for many families. The majority of 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 cool, depending on your PJ and blanket preference.

We recommend trying a similar test over a week, putting your temp higher and progressively decreasing it to determine the ideal setting for your house. On pleasant nights, you could learn keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a preferable solution than running the AC.

More Ways to Use Less Energy During Hot Weather

There are added approaches you can conserve money on cooling bills throughout hot weather.

  1. Buy an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they become older. An updated air conditioner can keep your residence cooler while keeping cooling
  2. costs low.
  3. Set yearly AC service. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment working like it should and may help it operate at greater efficiency. It might also help prolong its life cycle, since it enables technicians to discover little issues before they lead to an expensive meltdown.
  4. Change air filters often. Read manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A dusty filter can lead to your system short cycling, or switch on and off too frequently, and drive up your energy
  5. expenses.
  6. Measure attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of residences in the USA don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates need 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork examined. Ductwork that has loosened as it’s aged can seep conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in major comfort problems in your house, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep warm air where it belongs by plugging openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more cool air inside.

Save More Energy This Summer with Tri County Air Care LLC

If you are looking to conserve more energy during warm weather, our Tri County Air Care LLC pros can provide assistance. Get in touch with us at 469-213-8367 or contact us online for extra info about our energy-conserving cooling solutions.

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