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Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t have to sacrifice comfort or empty your wallet to keep your house at a pleasant setting during warm days.

But what is the ideal temperature, exactly? We go over ideas from energy professionals so you can choose the best temp for your residence.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most households find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a sizeable difference between your indoor and exterior temps, your electricity expenses 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 sounds warm, there are ways you can keep your home cool without having the air conditioning running constantly.

Keeping windows and curtains shut during the day keeps chilled air where it needs to be—inside. Some window solutions, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to offer more insulation and enhanced energy savings.

If you have ceiling fans in your home, the DOE says you can raise thermostat temps about 4 degrees warmer without sacrificing comfort. That’s since they refresh by a windchill effect. Because they cool people, not rooms, shut them off when you leave a room.

If 78 degrees still appears too hot at first glance, try doing a trial for approximately a week. Get started by upping your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, progressively lower it while following the advice above. You may be surprised at how refreshed you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the AC going all day while your house is empty. Switching the temp 7¬¬–10 degrees higher can save you an estimated 5–15% on your AC expenses, according to the DOE.

When you arrive home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your house more rapidly. This isn’t useful and typically produces a higher AC bills.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful method to keep your temp in check, but you have to set programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you risk forgetting to raise the set temperature when you take off.

If you need a handy fix, think about getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at home and when you’re away. Then it automatically adjusts temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? An estimated $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another perk of using a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to keep an eye on and adjust temperature settings from nearly anywhere.

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

We recommend using an equivalent test over a week, putting your temp higher and progressively decreasing it to determine the right temp for your residence. On pleasant nights, you could discover keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a preferable solution than running the air conditioning.

More Methods to Conserve Energy This Summer

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

  1. Buy an energy-efficient AC system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they get older. A new air conditioner can keep your residence cooler while keeping electrical
  2. expenses low.
  3. Set yearly AC service. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit operating like it should and could help it work at better efficiency. It may also help lengthen its life expectancy, since it helps techs to uncover small problems before they lead to a big meltdown.
  4. Put in new air filters frequently. Follow manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A clogged filter can result in your system short cycling, or switch on and off too much, and drive up your electricity
  5. expenses.
  6. Measure attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of homes in the USA don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork inspected. Ductwork that has loosened over the years can leak cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in big comfort problems in your home, such as hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep hot air where it should be by sealing holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more conditioned air indoors.

Conserve More Energy During Hot Weather with Woody's Sudden Service Inc

If you need to conserve more energy during hot weather, our Woody's Sudden Service Inc pros can help. Reach us at 703-278-2036 or contact us online for additional details about our energy-saving cooling solutions.

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