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Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t have to give up comfort or drain your wallet to keep your house at a refreshing temperature during hot days.

But what is the right temperature, exactly? We discuss ideas from energy pros so you can determine the best setting for your house.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a huge difference between your interior and outdoor temps, your cooling expenses 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 seems too high, there are approaches you can keep your house cool without having the air conditioner going constantly.

Keeping windows and curtains 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 designed to provide more insulation and enhanced energy savings.

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can raise thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees hotter without giving up comfort. That’s because they refresh by a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not spaces, switch them off when you leave a room.

If 78 degrees still seems too uncomfortable on the surface, try conducting a test for a week or so. Begin by raising your setting to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, gradually decrease it while adhering to the suggestions above. You could be amazed at how refreshed you feel at a higher temperature setting.

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

When you come home, don’t be tempted to set your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your home more quickly. This isn’t useful and typically results in a higher AC expense.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful way to keep your temperature controlled, but it requires setting programs. If you don’t use programs, you might forget to change the set temperature when you go.

If you want a convenient remedy, consider installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your residence and when you’re out. Then it intuitively modifies temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? Typically $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another benefit of using a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to monitor and adjust temperature settings from just about anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR suggests 82 degrees, that may be unpleasant for most families. Most people sleep better when their bedroom is cold, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation advises 60–67 degrees. But that may be too cold, based on your clothing and blanket preference.

We advise using a comparable test over a week, moving your temp higher and progressively lowering it to pinpoint the ideal temperature for your family. On pleasant nights, you could learn keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a better solution than using the air conditioner.

More Approaches to Use Less Energy During Hot Weather

There are extra approaches you can conserve money on cooling bills throughout warm weather.

  1. Get an energy-efficient AC system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they become older. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your home more comfortable while keeping electricity
  2. costs small.
  3. Set annual AC service. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your system operating properly and could help it run at better efficiency. It might also help lengthen its life cycle, since it helps technicians to spot seemingly insignificant problems before they create a big meltdown.
  4. Put in new air filters often. Read manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A dusty filter can cause your system to short cycle, or turn on and off too much, and drive up your electricity
  5. expenses.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of houses in the USA don’t have adequate insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork inspected. Ductwork that has separated over time can leak cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create huge comfort issues in your home, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep humid air where it should be by closing holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more cool air inside.

Save More Energy This Summer with Assured Appliance and Heating & Air

If you are looking to use less energy during hot weather, our Assured Appliance and Heating & Air professionals can assist you. Give us a call at 847-306-8990 or contact us online for additional info about our energy-conserving cooling options.

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