Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t have to sacrifice comfort or empty your wallet to keep your residence at a refreshing setting during hot days.

But what is the best temp, exactly? We go over advice from energy experts so you can find the best temp for your loved ones.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most households find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a big difference between your interior and outside warmth, your electricity bills will be greater.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that appears warm, there are approaches you can keep your residence refreshing without having the air conditioner going all the time.

Keeping windows and blinds closed during the day keeps cool air where it belongs—inside. Some window solutions, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to offer extra insulation and improved energy conservation.

If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can raise thermostat settings about 4 degrees warmer without compromising comfort. That’s due to the fact they refresh through a windchill effect. Because they cool people, not rooms, shut them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too uncomfortable at first glance, try doing an experiment for a week or so. Begin by raising your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, progressively lower it while using the ideas above. You may be surprised at how refreshed you feel at a warmer temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the AC running all day while your home is vacant. Turning the temperature 7¬¬–10 degrees higher can save you an estimated 5–15% on your electrical costs, according to the DOE.

When you arrive home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat under 78 to cool your house faster. This isn’t productive and usually results in a more expensive electrical cost.

A programmable thermostat is a useful approach to keep your temperature in check, but it requires setting programs. If you don’t set programs, you might forget to change the set temperature when you leave.

If you want a convenient resolution, think about buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at your house and when you’re gone. Then it intuitively adjusts temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? Usually $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

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

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

We recommend trying a similar test over a week, setting your temp higher and progressively decreasing it to determine the best temp for your house. On mild nights, you may discover keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a superior option than operating the air conditioner.

More Ways to Save Energy During Warm Weather

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

  1. Upgrade to 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 house cooler while keeping electrical
  2. costs down.
  3. Schedule annual air conditioning maintenance. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit working smoothly and might help it run more efficiently. It could also help lengthen its life cycle, since it allows pros to pinpoint little issues before they lead to an expensive meltdown.
  4. Replace air filters frequently. Use manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A clogged filter can lead to your system short cycling, or switch on and off too often, and raise your utility
  5. expenses.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of houses in the USA don’t have adequate insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has come apart as it’s aged can let cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in huge comfort troubles in your home, like hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep warm air in its place by closing cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more cool air indoors.

Save More Energy This Summer with Select Comfort System Heating & Air Conditioning

If you are looking to use less energy this summer, our Select Comfort System Heating & Air Conditioning experts can assist you. Reach us at 801-305-4777 or contact us online for additional information about our energy-saving cooling products.

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