Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t be forced to sacrifice comfort or empty your wallet to keep your residence at the right setting during summer weather.

But what is the right temp, exactly? We review recommendations from energy professionals so you can find the best temperature for your loved ones.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most households find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a major difference between your indoor and outside warmth, your AC bills will be greater.

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 approaches you can keep your house cool without having the air conditioner going frequently.

Keeping windows and curtains down during the day keeps cool air where it should be—inside. Some window coverings, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to deliver added insulation and better energy conservation.

If you have ceiling fans in your home, the DOE says you can increase thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees hotter without compromising comfort. That’s because they cool through a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not rooms, switch them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still seems too uncomfortable on the surface, try running an experiment for a week or so. Begin by raising your setting to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, progressively lower it while following the advice above. You may be astonished at how comfortable you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the AC on all day while your house is unoccupied. Moving the temperature 7¬¬–10 degrees hotter can save you as much as 5–15% on your cooling expenses, according to the DOE.

When you arrive home, don’t be tempted to set your thermostat under 78 to cool your house faster. This isn’t useful and usually results in a bigger AC bills.

A programmable thermostat is a good approach to keep your settings 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 take off.

If you need a hassle-free resolution, think over buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your residence and when you’re out. Then it instinctively modifies temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? Usually $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

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

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR recommends 82 degrees, that could be too uncomfortable for the majority of families. Most people sleep better when their sleeping space is chilled, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation recommends 60–67 degrees. But that might be too cold, based on your pajama and blanket preference.

We advise running a similar test over a week, putting your temp higher and gradually lowering it to pinpoint the right temperature for your house. On cool nights, you could discover keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a superior idea than using the air conditioning.

More Approaches to Use Less Energy This Summer

There are other ways you can save money on energy bills throughout warm weather.

  1. Get an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they become older. A new air conditioner can keep your house more comfortable while keeping energy
  2. expenses down.
  3. Schedule yearly AC tune-ups. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your system working smoothly and could help it operate at greater efficiency. It could also help lengthen its life cycle, since it helps techs to find little troubles before they cause an expensive meltdown.
  4. Change air filters regularly. Use manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A dirty filter can cause your system to short cycle, or switch on and off too often, and drive up your electrical
  5. bills.
  6. Measure attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of houses in the USA don’t have enough 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 checked. Ductwork that has separated as it’s aged can seep cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to major comfort problems in your home, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep warm air where it should be by sealing holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more cold air within your home.

Conserve More Energy During Hot Weather with Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.

If you want to use less energy this summer, our Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. experts can help. Give us a call at 662-281-1231 or contact us online for additional details about our energy-conserving cooling options.

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