Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t have to give up comfort or empty your wallet to keep your home at a pleasant temperature during summer weather.

But what is the ideal temp, exactly? We go over advice from energy professionals so you can determine the best temp for your family.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most people find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a big difference between your inside and outside temperatures, your AC bills will be bigger.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that appears hot, there are methods you can keep your home pleasant without having the air conditioning running all the time.

Keeping windows and window treatments shut during the day keeps chilled air where it needs to be—indoors. Some window coverings, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to give more insulation and better energy savings.

If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can increase thermostat settings about 4 degrees hotter without giving up comfort. That’s due to the fact they freshen through a windchill effect. As they cool people, not rooms, switch them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still seems too uncomfortable on the surface, try conducting an experiment for about a week. Start by increasing your setting to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, progressively turn it down while adhering to the ideas above. You could be amazed at how refreshed you feel at a warmer temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the AC on all day while your house is empty. Switching the temperature 7¬¬–10 degrees warmer can save you as much as 5–15% on your AC expenses, according to the DOE.

When you come home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat under 78 to cool your residence more quickly. This isn’t effective and typically produces a bigger air conditioner cost.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful method to keep your temperature under control, but it requires setting programs. If you don’t set programs, you run the risk of forgetting to raise the set temperature when you go.

If you’re looking for a handy resolution, think over getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your house and when you’re out. Then it intuitively adjusts temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? Usually $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another benefit of installing 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 advises 82 degrees, that could be unbearable for the majority of families. Many people sleep better when their sleeping space is chilled, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation recommends 60–67 degrees. But that might be too cold, depending on your pajama and blanket preference.

We advise running an equivalent test over a week, setting your thermostat higher and steadily turning it down to determine the right setting for your house. On mild nights, you may find keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a better option than operating the AC.

More Ways to Use Less Energy During Warm Weather

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

  1. Buy an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they become older. An updated air conditioner can keep your house comfier while keeping electricity
  2. bills small.
  3. Book yearly AC maintenance. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit running like it should and might help it run at greater efficiency. It can also help lengthen its life cycle, since it helps pros to discover small issues before they cause an expensive meltdown.
  4. Change air filters often. Read manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A dirty filter can cause your system to short cycle, or switch on and off too much, and drive up your electrical
  5. costs.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of homes in the United States don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most southern climates need 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has loosened over the years can leak cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in big comfort troubles in your residence, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep hot air where it should be by plugging cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more conditioned air within your home.

Conserve More Energy During Hot Weather with Dial One Mears Air Conditioning & Heating Inc

If you need to save more energy during hot weather, our Dial One Mears Air Conditioning & Heating Inc experts can help. Give us a call at 602-832-7808 or contact us online for more info about our energy-conserving cooling options.

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