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Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t have to sacrifice comfort or spend a lot to keep your house 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 temperature 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 provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a huge difference between your indoor and outside warmth, 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 refreshing without having the air conditioner going constantly.

Keeping windows and curtains shut during the day keeps chilled air where it should 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 house, the DOE says you can increase thermostat temps about 4 degrees warmer without compromising comfort. That’s due to the fact they refresh through a windchill effect. As they cool people, not areas, switch them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still appears too warm initially, try doing a trial for a week or so. Begin by raising your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, progressively lower it while adhering to the advice above. You might be astonished at how refreshed you feel at a hotter temperature setting.

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

When you get home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat under 78 to cool your house more quickly. This isn’t productive and often leads to a bigger cooling expense.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful approach to keep your temperature controlled, but you have to set programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you might forget to change the set temperature when you leave.

If you’re looking for a handy remedy, think over getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it knows when you’re at home and when you’re gone. Then it automatically modifies 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 adjust temperature settings from just about anywhere.

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

We suggest following an equivalent test over a week, moving your thermostat higher and steadily lowering it to determine the ideal temp for your house. On pleasant nights, you could learn keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a preferable idea than running the AC.

More Methods to Use Less Energy During Hot Weather

There are other ways you can conserve 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 cooling
  2. expenses low.
  3. Schedule yearly 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 prolong its life expectancy, since it helps techs to uncover small issues before they lead to a big meltdown.
  4. Put in new air filters regularly. Read manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A clogged filter can result in your system short cycling, or switch on and off too frequently, and drive up your electrical
  5. bills.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of homes in the United States 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 examined. Ductwork that has come apart over the years can let cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create major comfort problems in your residence, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep humid air where it belongs by plugging openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap 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 pros can provide assistance. Get in touch with us at 816-379-3918 or contact us online for extra info about our energy-saving cooling options.

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