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Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t be forced to sacrifice comfort or drain your wallet to keep your home at a pleasant setting during hot days.

But what is the ideal setting, exactly? We discuss advice from energy experts so you can choose the best temp for your loved ones.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most people find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a big difference between your inside and outside warmth, your electrical costs 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 appears too high, there are methods you can keep your residence pleasant without having the air conditioner going all the time.

Keeping windows and curtains down during the day keeps chilled air where it belongs—indoors. Some window treatments, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to provide extra insulation and enhanced energy savings.

If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can move thermostat settings about 4 degrees higher without compromising comfort. That’s since they cool by a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not spaces, switch them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still appears too hot at first glance, try conducting an experiment for approximately a week. Get started by upping your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, progressively turn it down while using the advice above. You might be shocked at how refreshed you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the air conditioner going all day while your house is vacant. Turning the temperature 7¬¬–10 degrees higher can save you anywhere from 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 home more quickly. This isn’t productive and often produces a higher electrical expense.

A programmable thermostat is a useful way to keep your settings under control, but you have to set programs. If you don’t use programs, you risk forgetting to change the set temperature when you leave.

If you’re looking for a convenient resolution, consider buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it knows when you’re at home and when you’re out. Then it automatically adjusts temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? About $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

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

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

We advise running a comparable test over a week, putting your temp higher and slowly turning it down to locate the right temp for your residence. On pleasant nights, you could find keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a better solution than using the air conditioner.

More Ways to Save Energy This Summer

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

  1. Buy an energy-efficient AC system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they become older. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your residence comfier while keeping electrical
  2. bills down.
  3. Book annual air conditioning maintenance. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment running like it should and might help it run at greater efficiency. It could also help lengthen its life expectancy, since it allows techs to find small troubles before they create a major meltdown.
  4. Put in new air filters regularly. Read manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A dusty filter can lead to your system short cycling, or run too much, and raise your utility
  5. bills.
  6. Measure attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of houses in the U.S. don’t have enough insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. The majority of southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has come apart as it’s aged can seep conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in major comfort problems in your home, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep muggy air in its place by closing holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more cold air indoors.

Conserve More Energy During Warm Weather with Bell Air Conditioning Inc.

If you want to conserve more energy during warm weather, our Bell Air Conditioning Inc. pros can provide assistance. Give us a call at 254-307-9572 or contact us online for more details about our energy-efficient cooling products.

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