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Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t be forced to give up comfort or spend a lot to keep your residence at a pleasant temp during hot days.

But what is the best temp, exactly? We review recommendations from energy specialists so you can choose the best temp for your residence.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most people find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a big difference between your interior and outdoor temps, your cooling bills will be higher.

This is our advice 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 house cool without having the air conditioner going all the time.

Keeping windows and curtains closed during the day keeps cool air where it needs to be—within your home. Some window solutions, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to offer more insulation and enhanced energy conservation.

If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can raise thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees warmer without giving up comfort. That’s since they refresh through a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not rooms, shut them off when you move from a room.

If 78 degrees still seems too warm on the surface, try conducting a trial for a week or so. Begin by raising your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, progressively turn it down while following the advice above. You might be astonished at how cool you feel at a warmer temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the air conditioning on all day while your house is vacant. Turning the setting 7¬¬–10 degrees higher can save you anywhere from 5–15% on your electrical costs, according to the DOE.

When you get home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat below 78 to cool your home more rapidly. This isn’t useful and usually leads to a more expensive air conditioner cost.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful approach to keep your temperature in check, but it requires setting programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you run the risk of forgetting to change the set temperature when you go.

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

Another benefit of installing a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to keep an eye on and regulate temperature settings from nearly anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR suggests 82 degrees, that might be unpleasant for the majority of families. The majority of people sleep better when their bedroom is cold, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation recommends 60–67 degrees. But that might be too cold, due to your PJ and blanket preference.

We recommend using a comparable test over a week, putting your temp higher and progressively lowering it to determine the ideal temp for your family. On cool nights, you could find keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a preferable solution than running the air conditioner.

More Approaches to Conserve Energy During Warm Weather

There are other approaches you can conserve money on energy bills throughout the summer.

  1. Get an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they age. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your home comfier while keeping electricity
  2. bills low.
  3. Set yearly AC maintenance. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment working properly and could help it operate at greater efficiency. It may also help lengthen its life span, since it enables pros to pinpoint small problems before they lead to an expensive meltdown.
  4. Put in new air filters frequently. Read manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A clogged filter can result in your system short cycling, or switch on and off too frequently, and drive up your electricity
  5. expenses.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of houses 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 require 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork inspected. Ductwork that has separated over time can let conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in big comfort problems in your house, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep warm air where it belongs by closing holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more cool air within your home.

Save More Energy During Warm Weather with Brogan Heating & AC Inc

If you are looking to use less energy this summer, our Brogan Heating & AC Inc experts can assist you. Give us a call at 507-218-0088 or contact us online for more info about our energy-conserving cooling products.

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