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Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t have to compromise on comfort or spend a lot to keep your house at a pleasant temp during hot days.

But what is the best temperature, exactly? We discuss advice from energy specialists so you can determine the best temperature for your house.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most people find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a big difference between your indoor and exterior temps, your utility expenses will be greater.

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 approaches you can keep your house refreshing without having the AC going all the time.

Keeping windows and curtains closed during the day keeps cool air where it needs to be—indoors. Some window coverings, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to give more insulation and better energy savings.

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

If 78 degrees still feels too hot at first glance, try doing an experiment for approximately a week. Get started by increasing your setting to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, progressively lower it while following the advice above. You may be shocked at how refreshed you feel at a hotter temperature setting.

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

When you get home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat under 78 to cool your residence more rapidly. This isn’t useful and typically leads to a more expensive electrical cost.

A programmable thermostat is a useful approach to keep your temp under control, but you need to set programs. If you don’t set programs, you run the risk of forgetting to raise the set temperature when you leave.

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

Another plus of having a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to keep an eye on and adjust temperature settings from almost anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR advises 82 degrees, that might be too uncomfortable for the majority of families. Most people sleep better when their bedroom is chilled, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation suggests 60–67 degrees. But that could be too cool, based on your pajama and blanket preference.

We suggest running a similar test over a week, setting your temperature higher and steadily turning it down to locate the ideal temperature for your family. On pleasant nights, you could discover keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a preferable option than operating the AC.

More Approaches to Save Energy During Warm Weather

There are additional approaches you can spend less money on energy bills throughout the summer.

  1. Buy an energy-efficient air conditioning 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 house cooler while keeping cooling
  2. bills low.
  3. Book annual air conditioning tune-ups. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your system working properly and may help it run more efficiently. It might also help extend its life span, since it enables technicians to pinpoint small troubles before they cause a major meltdown.
  4. Put in new air filters frequently. Follow manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A dirty filter can result in your system short cycling, or turn on and off too much, and increase your electrical
  5. bills.
  6. Check attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of houses in the United States don’t have enough insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most southern climates should have 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has come apart over the years can seep cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to major comfort problems in your residence, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep humid air where it belongs by closing openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more conditioned air indoors.

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

If you need to conserve more energy during warm weather, our Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating professionals can provide assistance. Give us a call at 949-525-9119 or contact us online for more information about our energy-saving cooling solutions.

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