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 setting during summer weather.

But what is the best temperature, exactly? We go over recommendations from energy specialists so you can select the best setting for your residence.

Here’s what we advise for the most energy-efficient setting for air conditioning in Suffolk/Nassau County.

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most households find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a major difference between your interior and exterior temperatures, your electricity bills 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 methods you can keep your residence pleasant without having the air conditioner on all the time.

Keeping windows and blinds closed during the day keeps chilled air where it belongs—indoors. Some window solutions, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to deliver more insulation and better energy efficiency.

If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can increase thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees hotter without sacrificing comfort. That’s because they refresh with a windchill effect. As they cool people, not rooms, shut them off when you move from a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too warm initially, try running a trial for about a week. Get started by increasing your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, steadily decrease it while using the ideas above. You could be surprised at how refreshed you feel at a hotter temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no reason to keep the AC going all day while your house is vacant. Switching the temperature 7¬¬–10 degrees higher can save you as much as 5–15% on your AC costs, according to the DOE.

When you come home, don’t be tempted to set your thermostat below 78 to cool your house faster. This isn’t productive and usually produces a more expensive electricity cost.

A programmable thermostat is a useful method to keep your temp under control, but it requires setting programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you run the risk of forgetting to change the set temperature when you go.

If you’re looking for a convenient resolution, consider installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at home and when you’re away. Then it instinctively changes temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? Typically $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

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

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR recommends 82 degrees, that may be too uncomfortable for most 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 may be too cold, depending on your PJ and blanket preference.

We recommend using a comparable test over a week, putting your temperature higher and slowly lowering it to select the right setting for your family. On cool nights, you could discover keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a superior idea than running the AC.

More Ways to Save Energy During Warm Weather

There are additional ways you can save money on AC bills throughout warm weather.

  1. Buy an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they become older. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your residence cooler while keeping electricity
  2. bills small.
  3. Book yearly AC service. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit working like it should and may help it work at greater efficiency. It could also help extend its life span, since it enables technicians to uncover seemingly insignificant troubles before they create a major meltdown.
  4. Put in new air filters frequently. Read manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A clogged filter can cause your system to short cycle, or switch on and off too frequently, and increase your cooling
  5. expenses.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of residences in the United States don’t have adequate insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most southern climates should have 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates need 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has loosened as it’s aged can let conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in big comfort issues in your house, like hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep warm air where it should be by sealing cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more cool air within your home.

Conserve More Energy This Summer with Airmax Long Island Inc

If you want to use less energy during warm weather, our Airmax Long Island Inc specialists can provide assistance. Give us a call at 631-737-5566 or contact us online for extra details about our energy-efficient cooling products.

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