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Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t have to sacrifice comfort or drain your wallet to keep your home at a refreshing temperature during summer weather.

But what is the best temperature, exactly? We go over recommendations from energy pros so you can determine the best temperature for your residence.

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

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 inside and exterior temperatures, your AC expenses will be bigger.

This is our advice based on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and ENERGY STAR®.

While at home: 78 degrees. While that seems hot, there are ways you can keep your residence cool without having the air conditioning on frequently.

Keeping windows and blinds down during the day keeps cool air where it needs to be—within your home. Some window treatments, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to deliver added insulation and better energy savings.

If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can increase thermostat temps about 4 degrees hotter without sacrificing comfort. That’s because they cool by a windchill effect. As they cool people, not spaces, shut them off when you move from a room.

If 78 degrees still seems too warm initially, try conducting an experiment for approximately a week. Get started by upping your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, steadily decrease it while following the suggestions 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 AC on all day while your house is empty. Turning the temp 7¬¬–10 degrees hotter can save you anywhere from 5–15% on your AC bills, according to the DOE.

When you come home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your home more rapidly. This isn’t effective and typically leads to a more expensive electricity bills.

A programmable thermostat is a good approach to keep your temp in check, but you have to set programs. If you don’t use programs, you might forget to move the set temperature when you go.

If you want a convenient solution, consider buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your house and when you’re away. Then it automatically modifies temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? Usually $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

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

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR suggests 82 degrees, that could be unbearable for most families. The majority of people sleep better when their bedroom is cold, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation suggests 60–67 degrees. But that could be too cool, due to your pajama and blanket preference.

We suggest using a similar test over a week, putting your temp higher and progressively lowering it to select the ideal setting for your residence. On pleasant nights, you may find keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a preferable idea than using the AC.

More Ways to Use Less Energy During Hot Weather

There are extra methods you can save money on utility bills throughout hot weather.

  1. Get an energy-efficient AC system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they get older. An updated air conditioner can keep your house comfier while keeping AC
  2. expenses small.
  3. Schedule annual air conditioner tune-ups. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment operating properly and could help it run at greater efficiency. It may also help lengthen its life cycle, since it enables pros to uncover little problems before they cause a major meltdown.
  4. Put in new air filters frequently. Follow manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A dirty filter can cause your system to short cycle, or switch on and off too much, and raise your utility
  5. expenses.
  6. Check attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of homes in the U.S. don’t have enough 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 checked. Ductwork that has loosened over time can leak conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to huge comfort problems in your residence, such as hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep humid air in its place by plugging openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more conditioned air within your home.

Conserve More Energy During Warm Weather with Schagrin Gas Company

If you want to use less energy this summer, our Schagrin Gas Company experts can assist you. Reach us at 302-231-1380 or contact us online for more details about our energy-efficient cooling solutions.

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