Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t need to give up comfort or drain your wallet to keep your residence at a refreshing temperature during summer weather.

But what is the best temp, exactly? We discuss ideas from energy specialists so you can find the best setting for your home.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most households find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a sizeable difference between your interior and outside warmth, your electricity costs will be higher.

These are our suggestions 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 on all the time.

Keeping windows and window treatments shut during the day keeps cold air where it belongs—within your home. Some window coverings, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to give more insulation and better energy conservation.

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

If 78 degrees still appears too warm on the surface, try running a test for approximately a week. Start by increasing your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, steadily turn it down while adhering to the tips above. You could be astonished at how refreshed you feel at a hotter temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the air conditioning going all day while your house is unoccupied. Turning the temperature 7¬¬–10 degrees warmer can save you anywhere from 5–15% on your electrical bills, according to the DOE.

When you come home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat under 78 to cool your residence faster. This isn’t effective and often results in a higher cooling cost.

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

If you want a hassle-free fix, think over installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at your residence and when you’re out. Then it automatically adjusts temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? Usually $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

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

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR recommends 82 degrees, that may be unpleasant for most 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, based on your PJ and blanket preference.

We advise trying a similar test over a week, setting your thermostat higher and steadily decreasing it to find the ideal setting for your house. On pleasant nights, you could learn keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a better idea than using the AC.

More Approaches to Use Less Energy During Warm Weather

There are extra approaches you can spend less money on air conditioning bills throughout hot weather.

  1. Get an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they get older. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your house cooler while keeping utility
  2. bills low.
  3. Book yearly air conditioning tune-ups. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your system working smoothly and could help it run at greater efficiency. It could also help prolong its life expectancy, since it allows techs to find seemingly insignificant troubles before they lead to a big meltdown.
  4. Put in new air filters often. Read manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A clogged filter can cause your system to short cycle, or switch on and off too frequently, and raise your electricity
  5. expenses.
  6. Measure attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of homes in the USA don’t have enough insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates need 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates need 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork inspected. Ductwork that has separated over time can let cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to major comfort troubles in your home, like hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep humid air in its place by plugging cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more cold air within your home.

Conserve More Energy During Hot Weather with The Frazier Company

If you need to conserve more energy during hot weather, our The Frazier Company specialists can help. Reach us at 402-896-5900 or contact us online for additional info about our energy-efficient cooling solutions.

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