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Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t be forced to compromise on comfort or drain your wallet to keep your residence at a pleasant temperature during summer weather.

But what is the right temp, exactly? We discuss suggestions from energy specialists so you can select the best temperature for your house.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a major difference between your interior and outside temps, your utility expenses will be greater.

This is our advice based on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and ENERGY STAR®.

While at home: 78 degrees. While that seems hot, there are methods you can keep your home refreshing without having the AC going frequently.

Keeping windows and window treatments shut during the day keeps cool air where it should be—indoors. Some window coverings, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to provide added insulation and better energy efficiency.

If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can move thermostat temps about 4 degrees hotter without sacrificing comfort. That’s since they freshen through a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not spaces, shut them off when you leave a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too uncomfortable at first glance, try running an experiment for a week or so. Get started by raising your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, gradually decrease it while following the advice above. You may be surprised at how refreshed you feel at a hotter temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the AC running all day while your residence is vacant. Moving the temp 7¬¬–10 degrees hotter can save you as much as 5–15% on your air conditioning bills, according to the DOE.

When you arrive home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat below 78 to cool your house more rapidly. This isn’t useful and typically produces a bigger electrical cost.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful approach to keep your settings in check, but you need to set programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you might forget to move the set temperature when you take off.

If you want a handy solution, think about buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at your house and when you’re away. Then it instinctively modifies temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? An estimated $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another perk of using a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to monitor and regulate temperature settings from nearly anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR recommends 82 degrees, that might be unpleasant for most families. Many people sleep better when their sleeping area is chilled, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation recommends 60–67 degrees. But that could be too cold, based on your pajama and blanket preference.

We recommend running a similar test over a week, putting your thermostat higher and gradually turning it down to choose the right temperature for your residence. On cool nights, you might discover keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a preferable solution than using the air conditioning.

More Methods to Conserve Energy This Summer

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 are effective for about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they get older. A new air conditioner can keep your residence comfier while keeping electrical
  2. costs small.
  3. Set regular AC tune-ups. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your system running properly and might help it operate more efficiently. It could also help lengthen its life cycle, since it helps technicians to spot little troubles before they cause a major meltdown.
  4. Replace air filters regularly. Use manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A dusty filter can cause your system to short cycle, or turn on and off too often, and drive up your electricity
  5. costs.
  6. Check attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of houses in the U.S. don’t have enough insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates should have 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork inspected. Ductwork that has separated as it’s aged can let conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in big comfort troubles in your home, like hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep warm air where it should be by closing openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more conditioned air inside.

Conserve More Energy During Warm Weather with M & S Heating & Air LLC

If you want to use less energy this summer, our M & S Heating & Air LLC pros can provide assistance. Give us a call at 301-363-4699 or contact us online for additional info about our energy-conserving cooling products.

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