Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t have to give up comfort or spend a lot to keep your home at the right temperature during hot days.

But what is the ideal temp, exactly? We discuss recommendations 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 provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a major difference between your inside and outdoor temps, your electrical costs will be larger.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that seems hot, there are methods you can keep your house refreshing without having the air conditioner running constantly.

Keeping windows and blinds closed during the day keeps chilled air where it needs to be—within your home. Some window coverings, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created 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 compromising comfort. That’s due to the fact they cool with a windchill effect. As they cool people, not spaces, shut them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still appears too hot initially, try doing an experiment for approximately a week. Begin by upping your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, steadily lower it while adhering to the ideas 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 working all day while your home is unoccupied. Switching the setting 7¬¬–10 degrees higher can save you anywhere from 5–15% on your AC costs, 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 useful and usually produces a higher AC cost.

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 about installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your house and when you’re out. Then it instinctively changes 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 adjust temperature settings from almost anywhere.

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

We suggest running a comparable test over a week, putting your temp higher and progressively lowering it to pick the best 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 warm weather.

  1. Upgrade to an energy-efficient AC system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they age. A new air conditioner can keep your home comfier while keeping AC
  2. costs low.
  3. Schedule regular air conditioning maintenance. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment running smoothly and might help it run at greater efficiency. It might also help lengthen its life span, since it allows pros to spot little problems before they create a big meltdown.
  4. Replace air filters regularly. Follow manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A clogged filter can result in your system short cycling, or run too frequently, and drive up your electrical
  5. costs.
  6. Check attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of houses in the U.S. don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most southern climates need 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork inspected. Ductwork that has separated over the years can seep cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to big 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 seal more conditioned air within your home.

Conserve More Energy During Hot Weather with Lycoming Heating Company

If you need to save more energy during warm weather, our Lycoming Heating Company professionals can provide assistance. Reach us at 570-244-2510 or contact us online for extra info about our energy-saving cooling options.

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