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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 setting during summer weather.

But what is the right setting, exactly? We review ideas from energy professionals so you can select the best setting for your house.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most people find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a big difference between your inside and outdoor warmth, your electricity expenses will be larger.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that appears hot, there are methods you can keep your home refreshing without having the air conditioner running constantly.

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

If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can raise thermostat temps about 4 degrees hotter without giving up comfort. That’s due to the fact they refresh through a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not rooms, shut them off when you leave a room.

If 78 degrees still appears too uncomfortable on the surface, try running a test for a week or so. Start by increasing your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, gradually lower it while using the suggestions above. You could be astonished at how cool you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the air conditioning running all day while your home is empty. Moving the temperature 7¬¬–10 degrees hotter can save you anywhere from 5–15% on your electricity costs, according to the DOE.

When you arrive home, don’t be tempted to set your thermostat under 78 to cool your residence more quickly. This isn’t productive and typically leads to a more expensive cooling expense.

A programmable thermostat is a good method to keep your settings in check, but you have to set programs. If you don’t use programs, you risk forgetting to move the set temperature when you take off.

If you’re looking for a convenient remedy, consider installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your residence and when you’re gone. Then it intuitively modifies temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? An estimated $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

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

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR recommends 82 degrees, that may be unbearable for most families. The majority of 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 chilly, based on your clothing and blanket preference.

We suggest running a comparable test over a week, setting your temperature higher and slowly decreasing it to select the right temperature for your residence. On pleasant nights, you could discover keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a better idea than operating the air conditioning.

More Ways to Use Less Energy During Hot Weather

There are other methods you can save money on cooling bills throughout the summer.

  1. Get an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they become older. An updated air conditioner can keep your house comfier while keeping electrical
  2. bills small.
  3. Book regular air conditioning service. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment working like it should and may help it work at greater efficiency. It might also help prolong its life expectancy, since it allows professionals to find seemingly insignificant problems before they cause a major meltdown.
  4. Put in new air filters often. Read manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A dusty filter can result in your system short cycling, or switch on and off too often, and increase your energy
  5. expenses.
  6. Measure attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of homes in the USA don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates should have 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates need 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork examined. Ductwork that has come apart as it’s aged can seep conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in big comfort troubles in your residence, like hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep muggy air where it should be by plugging cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more conditioned air within your home.

Conserve More Energy This Summer with American HVAC Inc

If you want to conserve more energy during hot weather, our American HVAC Inc experts can help. Give us a call at 408-215-1018 or contact us online for extra details about our energy-conserving cooling solutions.

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