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Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t be forced to give up comfort or drain your wallet to keep your home at a pleasant setting during summer weather.

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

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a huge difference between your indoor and outdoor temps, your cooling expenses 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 hot, there are approaches you can keep your house pleasant without having the AC going all the time.

Keeping windows and window treatments closed during the day keeps cool air where it should be—indoors. Some window treatments, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to deliver extra insulation and better energy efficiency.

If you have ceiling fans in your home, the DOE says you can increase thermostat temps about 4 degrees warmer without compromising comfort. That’s since they cool through a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not spaces, turn them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still appears too hot at first glance, try conducting an experiment for a week or so. Start by raising your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, steadily turn it down while adhering to the advice above. You may be surprised at how cool you feel at a warmer temperature setting.

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

When you get home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat below 78 to cool your residence more rapidly. This isn’t productive and often leads to a higher AC expense.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful approach to keep your temperature under control, but you have to set programs. If you don’t use programs, you risk forgetting to raise the set temperature when you go.

If you need a handy solution, think over buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at your house and when you’re away. Then it intuitively adjusts 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 adjust temperature settings from nearly anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR suggests 82 degrees, that may be unbearable for the majority of families. Most people sleep better when their sleeping space is cold, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation recommends 60–67 degrees. But that could be too cool, depending on your PJ and blanket preference.

We suggest using an equivalent test over a week, setting your temperature higher and progressively decreasing it to choose the best setting for your family. On pleasant nights, you might discover keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a preferable solution than using the AC.

More Methods to Save Energy This Summer

There are other methods you can spend less money on cooling bills throughout warm weather.

  1. Upgrade to an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they become older. A new air conditioner can keep your house more comfortable while keeping utility
  2. costs small.
  3. Set regular air conditioning tune-ups. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your system running properly and may help it work at better efficiency. It could also help extend its life cycle, since it helps techs to spot little problems before they cause a big meltdown.
  4. Switch air filters often. Read manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A dusty filter can lead to your system short cycling, or turn on and off too often, and raise your electrical
  5. bills.
  6. Check attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of homes in the USA 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 inspected. Ductwork that has loosened over the years can let conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in huge comfort problems in your house, such as hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep muggy air where it belongs by plugging openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more cold air inside.

Use Less Energy During Hot Weather with Strine's Heating & Air Conditioning

If you are looking to conserve more energy this summer, our Strine's Heating & Air Conditioning pros can help. Give us a call at 717-383-4479 or contact us online for additional details about our energy-saving cooling products.

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