You shouldn’t have to give up comfort or spend a lot to keep your home at a pleasant setting during warm days.
But what is the ideal setting, exactly? We review suggestions from energy specialists so you can find the best setting for your loved ones.
Here’s what we advise for the most energy-efficient setting for air conditioning in Plover.
Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer
Most households find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a huge difference between your indoor and exterior warmth, your electrical 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 sounds warm, there are methods you can keep your house pleasant without having the AC going all the time.
Keeping windows and window treatments closed during the day keeps cold air where it needs to be—indoors. Some window solutions, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to offer more insulation and improved energy savings.
If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can move thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees hotter without sacrificing comfort. That’s due to the fact they cool through a windchill effect. Because they cool people, not spaces, turn them off when you move from a room.
If 78 degrees still appears too uncomfortable at first glance, try doing an experiment for approximately a week. Get started by raising your setting to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, gradually lower it while using the suggestions above. You may be astonished at how refreshed you feel at a warmer temperature setting.
While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the air conditioning on all day while your home is unoccupied. Moving the setting 7–10 degrees hotter can save you an estimated 5–15% on your AC expenses, according to the DOE.
When you arrive home, don’t be tempted to set your thermostat below 78 to cool your house more quickly. This isn’t effective and typically results in a bigger AC cost.
A programmable thermostat is a useful way to keep your temperature 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 take off.
If you want a convenient resolution, think about buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at your residence and when you’re away. Then it instinctively modifies temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? About $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.
Another plus of installing a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to watch and change temperature settings from almost anywhere.
While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR recommends 82 degrees, that may be too uncomfortable for many families. Most people sleep better when their bedroom is chilly, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation advises 60–67 degrees. But that might be too cold, due to your pajama and blanket preference.
We advise using a similar test over a week, putting your temperature higher and gradually turning it down to choose the ideal setting for your family. On cool nights, you might learn keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a better solution than using the air conditioner.
More Approaches to Use Less Energy This Summer
There are added methods you can spend less money on air conditioning bills throughout the summer.
- Buy an energy-efficient AC system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they become older. A new air conditioner can keep your residence comfier while keeping cooling bills low.
- Schedule yearly air conditioner tune-ups. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment running like it should and could help it operate more efficiently. It might also help lengthen its life expectancy, since it helps technicians to pinpoint seemingly insignificant problems before they create a major meltdown.
- Switch air filters frequently. Follow manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A clogged filter can result in your system short cycling, or switch on and off too much, and drive up your electrical.
- Inspect attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of residences in the United States don’t have enough insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
- Have your ductwork inspected. Ductwork that has separated over time can seep cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to huge comfort problems in your residence, like hot and cold spots.
- Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep warm air in its place by plugging cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more conditioned air within your home.
Use Less Energy During Hot Weather with Point Heating & Cooling
If you need to save more energy during warm weather, our Point Heating & Cooling professionals can assist you. Reach us at 715-504-0533 or contact us online for extra details about our energy-saving cooling solutions.