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Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t have to give up comfort or spend a lot to keep your house at a pleasant temperature during muggy weather.

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

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most households find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a huge difference between your indoor and outside warmth, your electrical bills will be larger.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that appears too high, there are approaches you can keep your home cool without having the AC going constantly.

Keeping windows and curtains closed during the day keeps cool air where it should be—within your home. Some window solutions, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to deliver more insulation and improved energy efficiency.

If you have ceiling fans in your home, the DOE says you can increase thermostat temps about 4 degrees higher without compromising comfort. That’s because they freshen through a windchill effect. As they cool people, not rooms, shut them off when you move from a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too hot at first glance, try conducting an experiment for a week or so. Begin by upping your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, progressively lower it while using the ideas above. You could be shocked at how comfortable you feel at a hotter temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no reason to keep the air conditioning working all day while your house is empty. Moving the temp 7¬¬–10 degrees higher can save you an estimated 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 home faster. This isn’t effective and typically produces a more expensive electricity cost.

A programmable thermostat is a good way to keep your temperature in check, but it requires setting programs. If you don’t set programs, you risk forgetting to increase the set temperature when you go.

If you’re looking for a convenient fix, think about buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it knows when you’re at home and when you’re away. Then it instinctively modifies temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? An estimated $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another plus of installing a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to watch and change temperature settings from nearly anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR advises 82 degrees, that could be unpleasant for many families. The majority of people sleep better when their sleeping area is chilly, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation advises 60–67 degrees. But that may be too cold, depending on your PJ and blanket preference.

We recommend following a similar test over a week, setting your temperature higher and progressively turning it down to find the best temperature for your family. On mild nights, you may learn keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a better solution than running the air conditioning.

More Ways to Save Energy This Summer

There are additional approaches you can conserve money on cooling bills throughout hot weather.

  1. Get an energy-efficient AC system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they get older. A new air conditioner can keep your residence comfier while keeping utility
  2. expenses small.
  3. Schedule yearly air conditioning service. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your system working like it should and may help it work at greater efficiency. It can also help extend its life expectancy, since it helps pros to pinpoint seemingly insignificant problems before they cause a big meltdown.
  4. Replace air filters regularly. Use manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A dirty filter can lead to your system short cycling, or run too frequently, and increase your electricity
  5. costs.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of homes in the U.S. don’t have adequate insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most southern climates need 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates need 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork inspected. Ductwork that has loosened over the years can seep cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create big comfort troubles in your house, such as hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep muggy air where it belongs by closing openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more cold air within your home.

Save More Energy This Summer with Vogts Heating & Air

If you want to use less energy during warm weather, our Vogts Heating & Air specialists can help. Give us a call at 208-621-0129 or contact us online for extra information about our energy-saving cooling options.

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