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Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t have to sacrifice comfort or empty your wallet to keep your house at a pleasant temperature during muggy weather.

But what is the right setting, exactly? We review recommendations from energy pros 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 Murrieta.

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most people find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a huge difference between your inside and exterior warmth, your AC 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 sounds warm, there are approaches you can keep your house refreshing without having the AC on frequently.

Keeping windows and curtains shut during the day keeps chilled air where it needs to be—inside. Some window treatments, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to offer more insulation and improved energy savings.

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can increase thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees higher without sacrificing comfort. That’s since they refresh through a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not spaces, switch them off when you leave a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too hot at first glance, try doing a trial for a week or so. Get started by upping your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, gradually turn it down while using the tips above. You may be astonished at how cool you feel at a warmer temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no reason to keep the air conditioning working all day while your house is unoccupied. Turning the setting 7¬¬–10 degrees warmer 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 set your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your home faster. This isn’t effective and often leads to a bigger electricity cost.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful method to keep your settings under control, but you have to set programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you might forget to change the set temperature when you take off.

If you’re looking for a convenient fix, consider getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at your residence and when you’re out. Then it instinctively changes temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? Usually $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another benefit of getting a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to keep an eye on and adjust temperature settings from just about anywhere.

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

We recommend running an equivalent test over a week, putting your thermostat higher and gradually decreasing it to pick the best temperature for your house. On mild nights, you could discover keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a preferable idea than running the air conditioning.

More Methods to Conserve Energy During Warm Weather

There are additional methods you can conserve money on energy bills throughout the summer.

  1. Get an energy-efficient AC system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they get older. An updated air conditioner can keep your home more comfortable while keeping cooling
  2. costs down.
  3. Set annual AC tune-ups. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your system operating properly and might help it work at greater efficiency. It could also help prolong its life span, since it allows technicians to discover small problems before they cause an expensive meltdown.
  4. Put in new air filters regularly. Use manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A clogged filter can lead to your system short cycling, or turn on and off too frequently, and increase your electricity
  5. expenses.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of residences in the U.S. don’t have proper 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 checked. Ductwork that has separated over time can let cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create huge comfort troubles in your house, like hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep hot air where it should be by plugging openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more conditioned air within your home.

Save More Energy This Summer with Cool Air Solutions

If you are looking to save more energy during hot weather, our Cool Air Solutions professionals can help. Get in touch with us at 951-299-9853 or contact us online for more info about our energy-conserving cooling solutions.

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