Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t have to sacrifice comfort or spend a lot to keep your residence at a pleasant temp during warm days.

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

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

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

Keeping windows and blinds shut during the day keeps chilled air where it should be—within your home. Some window coverings, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to offer added insulation and enhanced energy conservation.

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

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

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the AC going all day while your house is empty. Switching the temp 7¬¬–10 degrees higher can save you as much as 5–15% on your AC costs, according to the DOE.

When you get home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your residence more quickly. This isn’t useful and typically produces a higher electrical bills.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful method to keep your temp in check, but you need to set programs. If you don’t use programs, you might forget to move the set temperature when you take off.

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

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

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

We recommend running an equivalent test over a week, putting your temp higher and progressively lowering it to choose the best temp for your residence. On pleasant nights, you could learn keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a superior solution than running the AC.

More Approaches to Conserve Energy This Summer

There are added ways you can conserve money on energy bills throughout warm weather.

  1. Buy an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they get older. A new air conditioner can keep your residence cooler while keeping electrical
  2. costs low.
  3. Set regular AC service. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit operating properly and could help it operate at greater efficiency. It may also help prolong its life expectancy, since it enables techs to find small problems before they create a major meltdown.
  4. Put in new air filters frequently. Follow manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A dusty filter can result in your system short cycling, or turn on and off too much, and drive up your electricity
  5. expenses.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of homes in the USA don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. The majority of southern climates should have 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork inspected. Ductwork that has come apart over time can leak cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create huge comfort problems 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 cold air indoors.

Use Less Energy During Warm Weather with Woody's Sudden Service Inc

If you are looking to use less energy during warm weather, our Woody's Sudden Service Inc experts can help. Get in touch with us at 703-278-2036 or contact us online for additional details about our energy-saving cooling solutions.

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