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Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t need to compromise on comfort or spend a lot to keep your home at a refreshing temp during summer weather.

But what is the ideal temp, exactly? We review advice from energy professionals so you can select the best setting for your family.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a major difference between your indoor and outside temps, your electricity costs will be bigger.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that sounds too high, there are methods you can keep your home refreshing without having the AC on frequently.

Keeping windows and window treatments closed during the day keeps chilled air where it belongs—inside. Some window treatments, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to provide added insulation and better energy savings.

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

If 78 degrees still feels too uncomfortable at first glance, try running a test for a week or so. Begin by increasing your setting to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, progressively turn it down while following the advice above. You could be surprised at how comfortable you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no reason to keep the air conditioning going all day while your home is empty. Switching the setting 7¬¬–10 degrees hotter can save you as much as 5–15% on your AC bills, according to the DOE.

When you arrive home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat below 78 to cool your home more quickly. This isn’t useful and often produces a higher electrical expense.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful approach to keep your temp controlled, but you have to set programs. If you don’t set programs, you might forget to raise the set temperature when you leave.

If you need a hassle-free solution, think over installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your residence and when you’re gone. Then it instinctively adjusts temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? About $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another perk of getting a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to watch and change temperature settings from just about anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR advises 82 degrees, that might be unpleasant for most families. Most people sleep better when their sleeping area is chilly, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation suggests 60–67 degrees. But that may be too cold, due to your clothing and blanket preference.

We suggest following an equivalent test over a week, putting your temperature higher and slowly decreasing it to locate the best setting for your family. On pleasant nights, you might learn keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a superior solution than operating the air conditioner.

More Approaches to Use Less Energy During Hot Weather

There are other approaches you can conserve money on AC bills throughout the summer.

  1. Upgrade to an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they get older. An updated air conditioner can keep your residence comfier while keeping utility
  2. expenses small.
  3. Schedule yearly air conditioner tune-ups. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit running like it should and might help it work at greater efficiency. It can also help lengthen its life cycle, since it allows professionals to discover seemingly insignificant issues before they create a big meltdown.
  4. Replace air filters frequently. Read manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A dusty filter can result in your system short cycling, or turn on and off too frequently, and raise your utility
  5. bills.
  6. Measure attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of residences in the United States 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 come apart as it’s aged can seep cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in big comfort troubles in your house, such as hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep humid air in its place by sealing holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more cool air within your home.

Conserve More Energy During Hot Weather with Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning

If you need to save more energy this summer, our Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning pros can help. Reach us at 800-COOLING or contact us online for extra information about our energy-efficient cooling solutions.

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