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Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t have to sacrifice comfort or empty your wallet to keep your residence at the right setting during warm days.

But what is the ideal temperature, exactly? We go over advice from energy specialists so you can select the best temp for your loved ones.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most households find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a big difference between your indoor and exterior temps, your electrical 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 appears hot, there are approaches you can keep your home pleasant without having the air conditioner going constantly.

Keeping windows and curtains shut during the day keeps chilled air where it needs to be—inside. Some window treatments, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to give added insulation and improved energy efficiency.

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can move thermostat temps about 4 degrees higher without compromising comfort. That’s due to the fact they freshen through a windchill effect. Because they cool people, not rooms, switch them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still appears too uncomfortable initially, try doing a trial for a week or so. Get started by raising your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, progressively lower it while using the advice above. You could be surprised at how cool you feel at a hotter temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no reason to keep the air conditioning going all day while your home is empty. Turning the temperature 7¬¬–10 degrees hotter can save you an estimated 5–15% on your air conditioning bills, according to the DOE.

When you get home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat under 78 to cool your house more quickly. This isn’t productive and usually leads to a more expensive cooling cost.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful method to keep your temperature under control, but you need to set programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you risk forgetting to change the set temperature when you leave.

If you’re looking for a handy solution, think over buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it knows when you’re at home and when you’re out. Then it automatically changes temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? About $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another perk of having a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to watch and regulate temperature settings from just about anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR advises 82 degrees, that could be unpleasant for many families. The majority of people sleep better when their sleeping area is cold, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation recommends 60–67 degrees. But that could be too cold, due to your clothing and blanket preference.

We advise following an equivalent test over a week, moving your thermostat higher and steadily decreasing it to choose the ideal temp for your house. On cool nights, you might learn keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a preferable idea than running the air conditioning.

More Methods to Use Less Energy During Hot Weather

There are other ways you can spend less money on cooling bills throughout hot weather.

  1. Buy an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they age. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your home more comfortable while keeping utility
  2. expenses low.
  3. Schedule regular air conditioner maintenance. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment running like it should and may help it run more efficiently. It might also help lengthen its life expectancy, since it helps techs to find small issues before they create a major meltdown.
  4. Put in new air filters often. Use manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A clogged filter can lead to your system short cycling, or switch on and off too frequently, and drive up your electrical
  5. bills.
  6. Measure attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of homes in the U.S. 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 loosened over the years can let cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in major comfort problems in your house, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep humid air where it belongs by closing holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more cool air inside.

Save More Energy During Hot Weather with Colvin's Heating and Cooling

If you need to use less energy during warm weather, our Colvin's Heating and Cooling experts can provide assistance. Reach us at 816-379-3918 or contact us online for additional info about our energy-saving cooling options.

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