Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t need to compromise on comfort or spend a lot to keep your residence at the right temp during summer weather.

But what is the ideal temp, exactly? We discuss ideas from energy professionals so you can choose the best temp for your residence.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a huge difference between your inside and outdoor warmth, 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 sounds hot, there are methods you can keep your home refreshing without having the AC running all the time.

Keeping windows and window treatments closed during the day keeps cold air where it should be—indoors. Some window treatments, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to deliver more insulation and better energy conservation.

If you have ceiling fans in your home, the DOE says you can raise thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees warmer without sacrificing comfort. That’s since they refresh through a windchill effect. Because they cool people, not areas, switch them off when you move from a room.

If 78 degrees still seems too uncomfortable on the surface, try conducting an experiment for about a week. Begin by upping your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, gradually decrease it while using the tips above. You may be astonished at how refreshed you feel at a warmer temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the air conditioner going all day while your house is vacant. Switching the temp 7¬¬–10 degrees warmer can save you an estimated 5–15% on your AC bills, according to the DOE.

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

A programmable thermostat is a helpful method to keep your temperature under control, but you have to set programs. If you don’t use programs, you run the risk of forgetting to raise the set temperature when you go.

If you need a hassle-free remedy, think about buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at your house and when you’re gone. Then it automatically changes temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? An estimated $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another advantage of using a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to keep an eye on and change temperature settings from nearly anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR suggests 82 degrees, that could be too uncomfortable for most families. Many people sleep better when their bedroom is chilled, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation suggests 60–67 degrees. But that could be too chilly, based on your clothing and blanket preference.

We advise using an equivalent test over a week, moving your temp higher and progressively decreasing it to find the ideal setting for your family. On pleasant nights, you could learn keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a superior solution than running the AC.

More Ways to Save Energy During Hot Weather

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

  1. Get an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they get older. A new air conditioner can keep your house more comfortable while keeping utility
  2. costs low.
  3. Schedule regular AC service. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit working properly and might help it work at greater efficiency. It might also help lengthen its life cycle, since it enables pros to uncover little problems before they create a big meltdown.
  4. Switch air filters frequently. Use manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A dirty filter can lead to your system short cycling, or turn on and off too often, and drive up your electrical
  5. bills.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of houses in the United States don’t have enough insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. The majority of southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates need 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has loosened over the years can leak conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in major comfort issues in your residence, like hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep hot air where it should be by closing cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more cold air within your home.

Use Less Energy During Warm Weather with Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning

If you need to save more energy during warm weather, our Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning professionals can assist you. Give us a call at 601-292-9763 or contact us online for additional information about our energy-saving cooling products.

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