Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t have to give up comfort or empty your wallet to keep your home at the right temperature during warm days.

But what is the best setting, exactly? We discuss suggestions from energy specialists so you can determine the best setting for your loved ones.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most households find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a major difference between your inside and outdoor warmth, your cooling expenses will be larger.

This is our advice based on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and ENERGY STAR®.

While at home: 78 degrees. While that appears hot, there are approaches you can keep your residence pleasant without having the air conditioner running constantly.

Keeping windows and blinds closed during the day keeps chilled air where it needs to be—inside. Some window solutions, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to give extra insulation and enhanced energy efficiency.

If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can raise thermostat settings about 4 degrees hotter without giving up comfort. That’s due to the fact they cool with a windchill effect. As they cool people, not spaces, shut them off when you move from a room.

If 78 degrees still seems too hot initially, try doing an experiment for approximately a week. Get started by upping your setting to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, progressively lower it while using the tips 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 conditioner going all day while your home is unoccupied. Switching the setting 7¬¬–10 degrees higher can save you anywhere from 5–15% on your AC expenses, according to the DOE.

When you come home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your residence faster. This isn’t productive and usually produces a higher AC expense.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful way to keep your temperature controlled, but you need to set programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you risk forgetting to raise the set temperature when you take off.

If you’re looking for a hassle-free remedy, think over installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your house and when you’re gone. Then it intuitively modifies temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? An estimated $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another plus of having 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 unbearable for the majority of 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 could be too cold, due to your clothing and blanket preference.

We suggest running an equivalent test over a week, putting your temp higher and progressively decreasing it to pick the right temp for your family. On pleasant nights, you may find keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a preferable solution than using the AC.

More Ways to Use Less Energy This Summer

There are extra approaches you can save money on utility bills throughout hot weather.

  1. Get an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they age. A new air conditioner can keep your home cooler while keeping electricity
  2. costs low.
  3. Schedule yearly air conditioning maintenance. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit running smoothly and could help it run at better efficiency. It might also help prolong its life span, since it allows pros to pinpoint little problems before they lead to a big meltdown.
  4. Switch air filters often. Follow manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A dusty filter can lead to your system short cycling, or run too frequently, and drive up your energy
  5. expenses.
  6. Check attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of residences in the United States don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most southern climates need 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork inspected. Ductwork that has separated over the years can let cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to huge comfort troubles in your home, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep muggy air in its place by plugging cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more cold air within your home.

Use Less Energy During Warm Weather with Lycoming Heating Company

If you need to save more energy during hot weather, our Lycoming Heating Company professionals can assist you. Get in touch with us at 570-244-2510 or contact us online for additional info about our energy-saving cooling options.

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