Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t be forced to compromise on comfort or drain your wallet to keep your residence at a refreshing setting during hot days.

But what is the right setting, exactly? We review ideas from energy pros so you can select the best temp 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 placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a huge difference between your indoor and outdoor temps, your AC costs will be higher.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that appears warm, there are ways you can keep your house pleasant without having the air conditioning on constantly.

Keeping windows and curtains closed during the day keeps chilled air where it needs to be—inside. 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 residence, the DOE says you can raise thermostat temps 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 appears too uncomfortable initially, try running an experiment for a week or so. Start by increasing your setting to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, progressively turn it down while using 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 conditioner running all day while your house is vacant. Switching the setting 7¬¬–10 degrees warmer can save you anywhere from 5–15% on your electrical bills, according to the DOE.

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

A programmable thermostat is a helpful way to keep your temperature in check, but you have to set programs. If you don’t set programs, you risk forgetting 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 house 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 perk of using a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to monitor and regulate temperature settings from nearly anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR recommends 82 degrees, that may be too uncomfortable for many families. Many 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 an equivalent test over a week, putting your temperature higher and gradually decreasing it to pick the best setting for your residence. On mild nights, you might discover keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a better solution than operating the air conditioner.

More Methods to Use Less Energy This Summer

There are extra methods you can save money on cooling bills throughout warm weather.

  1. Buy an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they get older. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your residence comfier while keeping AC
  2. costs small.
  3. Book regular AC tune-ups. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your system working like it should and might help it run more efficiently. It could also help prolong its life expectancy, since it enables techs to pinpoint small troubles before they cause a big meltdown.
  4. Change air filters regularly. Use 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 utility
  5. costs.
  6. Measure attic insulation levels. Just about 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 need 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has separated over the years can let cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create huge comfort troubles in your home, like hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep hot air in its place by sealing openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more cool air inside.

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

If you want to use less 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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