Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t need to sacrifice comfort or empty your wallet to keep your home at a refreshing temperature during summer weather.

But what is the best setting, exactly? We discuss suggestions from energy pros so you can determine the best temp for your residence.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a sizeable difference between your indoor and outdoor temps, your electrical costs will be greater.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that sounds hot, there are approaches you can keep your house cool without having the air conditioning going all the time.

Keeping windows and window treatments closed during the day keeps cold air where it belongs—inside. Some window coverings, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to give extra insulation and improved energy savings.

If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can raise thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees higher without compromising comfort. That’s due to the fact they cool with a windchill effect. Because they cool people, not areas, shut them off when you leave a room.

If 78 degrees still seems too warm on the surface, try doing a trial for about a week. Begin by increasing your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, gradually turn it down while following the advice above. You could be astonished at how cool you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the air conditioner running all day while your home is vacant. Switching the temperature 7¬¬–10 degrees hotter can save you an estimated 5–15% on your cooling bills, according to the DOE.

When you come home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat under 78 to cool your home more rapidly. This isn’t useful and often produces a bigger electrical cost.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful way to keep your temp controlled, but you need to set programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you might forget to increase the set temperature when you go.

If you’re looking for a hassle-free solution, think about getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your residence and when you’re out. Then it instinctively adjusts temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? Usually $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another plus of getting a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to watch and regulate temperature settings from almost anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR recommends 82 degrees, that could be too uncomfortable for many families. The majority of people sleep better when their bedroom is chilled, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation suggests 60–67 degrees. But that might be too cool, due to your pajama and blanket preference.

We recommend following a comparable test over a week, putting your thermostat higher and steadily lowering it to determine the right temp for your family. On pleasant nights, you might find keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a preferable solution than running the AC.

More Approaches to Save Energy During Warm Weather

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

  1. Install an energy-efficient AC system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they become older. A new air conditioner can keep your home cooler while keeping cooling
  2. costs small.
  3. Set annual AC maintenance. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit running like it should and could help it work more efficiently. It might also help prolong its life cycle, since it allows pros to spot seemingly insignificant problems before they cause a big meltdown.
  4. Replace air filters often. Read manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A clogged filter can lead to your system short cycling, or run too often, and raise your utility
  5. costs.
  6. Measure attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of houses in the United States don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates need 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork examined. Ductwork that has come apart over time can let conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in major comfort issues in your residence, like hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep hot air where it should be by plugging holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more cool air within your home.

Conserve More Energy This Summer with Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning

If you want to save more energy during hot weather, our Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning pros can assist you. Give us a call at 204-272-8128 or contact us online for additional details about our energy-conserving cooling solutions.

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