Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t need to compromise on comfort or drain your wallet to keep your house at a pleasant temp during warm days.

But what is the right temp, exactly? We review ideas from energy pros so you can select the best temperature for your loved ones.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a huge difference between your indoor and outdoor warmth, your AC costs 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 too high, there are ways you can keep your residence pleasant without having the air conditioning on constantly.

Keeping windows and curtains closed during the day keeps cold air where it should be—within your home. Some window treatments, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to give added insulation and better energy efficiency.

If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can raise thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees hotter without sacrificing comfort. That’s due to the fact they freshen with a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not spaces, turn them off when you leave a room.

If 78 degrees still seems too uncomfortable initially, try running an experiment for a week or so. Start by increasing your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, steadily turn it down while adhering to the advice above. You could be amazed at how cool you feel at a warmer temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no reason to keep the air conditioning running all day while your residence is empty. Switching the setting 7¬¬–10 degrees hotter can save you anywhere from 5–15% on your electrical bills, according to the DOE.

When you get home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat below 78 to cool your home faster. This isn’t productive and typically produces a higher AC cost.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful way to keep your temp in check, but you need to set programs. If you don’t set programs, you might forget to raise the set temperature when you leave.

If you’re looking for a handy fix, consider installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at your residence and when you’re away. Then it instinctively changes temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? About $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another benefit of using a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to monitor and adjust temperature settings from almost anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR recommends 82 degrees, that may be too uncomfortable 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 chilly, due to your clothing and blanket preference.

We advise using a comparable test over a week, moving your temperature higher and progressively decreasing it to pick the right setting for your residence. On mild nights, you could discover keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a better solution than using the air conditioner.

More Approaches to Use Less Energy This Summer

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

  1. Buy an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they become older. An updated air conditioner can keep your house cooler while keeping AC
  2. expenses small.
  3. Book yearly AC tune-ups. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your system working properly and could help it run more efficiently. It could also help prolong its life expectancy, since it helps techs to spot small troubles before they cause a major meltdown.
  4. Change air filters regularly. Read manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A dirty filter can cause your system to short cycle, or run too frequently, and drive up your cooling
  5. costs.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of residences 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 need 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork examined. Ductwork that has separated over the years can let cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in big comfort issues in your home, like hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep hot air where it should be by sealing openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more cool air within your home.

Conserve More Energy During Hot Weather with Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc

If you want to conserve more energy during hot weather, our Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc specialists can help. Give us a call at 715-301-0256 or contact us online for additional information about our energy-efficient cooling options.

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