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Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t have to compromise on comfort or spend a lot to keep your residence at the right temp during the summer.

But what is the ideal setting, exactly? We review ideas from energy pros so you can determine the best temperature for your residence.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most people find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a sizeable difference between your interior and outside temps, your AC costs will be bigger.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that seems warm, there are methods you can keep your home refreshing without having the air conditioning on constantly.

Keeping windows and curtains down during the day keeps cold air where it belongs—within your home. Some window coverings, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to offer extra insulation and enhanced energy conservation.

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can raise thermostat settings about 4 degrees hotter without sacrificing comfort. That’s due to the fact they refresh by a windchill effect. Because they cool people, not spaces, switch them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too uncomfortable on the surface, try running a trial for about a week. Begin by raising your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, gradually decrease it while using the ideas above. You may be shocked at how refreshed you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the air conditioning running all day while your house is unoccupied. Turning the temperature 7¬¬–10 degrees warmer can save you an estimated 5–15% on your air conditioning costs, according to the DOE.

When you come home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your home faster. This isn’t effective and often results in a more expensive cooling bills.

A programmable thermostat is a good method to keep your temperature in check, but you need to set programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you run the risk of forgetting to raise the set temperature when you go.

If you’re looking for a convenient remedy, think about getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at your residence and when you’re gone. Then it intuitively modifies temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? Usually $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another advantage of having a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to monitor and adjust temperature settings from nearly anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR suggests 82 degrees, that may be unpleasant for the majority of families. Most people sleep better when their sleeping area is chilly, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation advises 60–67 degrees. But that may be too cold, based on your PJ and blanket preference.

We recommend running a similar test over a week, moving your thermostat higher and steadily decreasing it to choose the ideal temp for your residence. On mild nights, you could discover keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a better option than running the AC.

More Ways to Use Less Energy During Warm Weather

There are additional approaches you can save money on air conditioning bills throughout warm weather.

  1. Buy an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they get older. An updated air conditioner can keep your residence more comfortable while keeping energy
  2. bills low.
  3. Schedule annual air conditioner tune-ups. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your system running smoothly and may help it operate at greater efficiency. It might also help prolong its life span, since it helps pros to pinpoint little issues before they cause a big meltdown.
  4. Switch air filters regularly. Read manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A dirty filter can cause your system to short cycle, or switch on and off too frequently, and increase your energy
  5. expenses.
  6. Measure attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of residences in the USA don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most southern climates should have 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has separated over the years can leak conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to big comfort issues in your residence, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep hot air where it should be by sealing holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more conditioned air indoors.

Use Less Energy During Warm Weather with PWA Heating & Cooling Inc

If you want to save more energy during warm weather, our PWA Heating & Cooling Inc professionals can provide assistance. Give us a call at 815-410-1231 or contact us online for additional information about our energy-efficient cooling solutions.

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