Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t have to sacrifice comfort or spend a lot to keep your house at a refreshing setting during the summer.

But what is the right setting, exactly? We go over advice from energy specialists so you can choose the best setting for your residence.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most people find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a sizeable difference between your inside and outside temps, your electrical 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 appears hot, there are ways you can keep your house cool without having the air conditioning running all the time.

Keeping windows and window treatments shut during the day keeps cold air where it should be—inside. Some window solutions, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to give extra insulation and better energy savings.

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can move thermostat temps about 4 degrees higher without giving up comfort. That’s since they refresh by a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not spaces, turn them off when you move from a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too warm on the surface, try running an experiment for a week or so. Get started by increasing your setting to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, gradually lower it while following the tips above. You may be surprised at how cool you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no reason to keep the AC going all day while your residence is unoccupied. Moving the temp 7¬¬–10 degrees higher can save you an estimated 5–15% on your cooling costs, according to the DOE.

When you get home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your house more rapidly. This isn’t effective and usually results in a higher electrical expense.

A programmable thermostat is a useful way to keep your settings under control, but you need to set programs. If you don’t use programs, you run the risk of forgetting to change the set temperature when you leave.

If you’re looking for a handy fix, think about getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at home and when you’re away. Then it instinctively changes temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? Usually $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another benefit of installing 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 might be unpleasant for many families. Many people sleep better when their sleeping area is chilled, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation recommends 60–67 degrees. But that might be too chilly, depending on your pajama and blanket preference.

We recommend running an equivalent test over a week, setting your temperature higher and steadily lowering it to pinpoint the ideal setting for your residence. On pleasant nights, you could discover keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a better option than running the AC.

More Methods to Use Less Energy During Hot Weather

There are other approaches you can save money on cooling bills throughout warm weather.

  1. Install an energy-efficient AC system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they age. A new air conditioner can keep your house more comfortable while keeping AC
  2. costs small.
  3. Book yearly AC tune-ups. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment working properly and could help it operate more efficiently. It may also help lengthen its life cycle, since it helps techs to uncover seemingly insignificant troubles before they create a major meltdown.
  4. Change air filters regularly. Use manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A clogged filter can cause your system to short cycle, or turn on and off too frequently, and increase your electricity
  5. costs.
  6. Check attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of homes in the USA don’t have adequate insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates need 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has come apart over the years can seep conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in big comfort problems in your residence, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep hot air where it belongs by closing holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more cool air indoors.

Conserve More Energy This Summer with Honke Heating & AC

If you need to save more energy during hot weather, our Honke Heating & AC professionals can assist you. Reach us at 503-663-8033 or contact us online for more details about our energy-conserving cooling options.

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