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Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t have to sacrifice comfort or drain your wallet to keep your home at a refreshing temp during the summer.

But what is the best setting, exactly? We discuss ideas from energy pros so you can find the best temperature for your loved ones.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a sizeable difference between your indoor and exterior temps, your utility expenses will be higher.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that appears too high, there are approaches you can keep your home cool without having the AC on frequently.

Keeping windows and curtains down during the day keeps chilled air where it belongs—within your home. Some window treatments, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to deliver more insulation and enhanced energy savings.

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

If 78 degrees still appears too warm on the surface, try doing a test for about a week. Get started by raising your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, steadily decrease it while using the advice above. You might be astonished at how cool you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the air conditioner working all day while your residence is vacant. Moving the temp 7¬¬–10 degrees warmer can save you anywhere from 5–15% on your electricity costs, according to the DOE.

When you come home, don’t be tempted to set your thermostat under 78 to cool your house more rapidly. This isn’t useful and often produces a bigger AC cost.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful approach to keep your temperature controlled, but it requires setting programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you risk forgetting to increase the set temperature when you go.

If you’re looking for a hassle-free solution, think about getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your house and when you’re out. Then it intuitively changes temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? An estimated $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another plus of having 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 unpleasant for the majority of families. Many people sleep better when their bedroom is cold, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation advises 60–67 degrees. But that may be too cold, based on your pajama and blanket preference.

We recommend using a comparable test over a week, moving your temperature higher and slowly lowering it to pick the ideal temp for your residence. On cool nights, you might discover keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a preferable solution than running the air conditioner.

More Methods to Conserve Energy During Hot Weather

There are extra methods you can spend less money on cooling bills throughout the summer.

  1. Upgrade to an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they become older. An updated air conditioner can keep your home more comfortable while keeping energy
  2. expenses small.
  3. Set yearly AC service. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment operating properly and could help it operate at greater efficiency. It could also help prolong its life expectancy, since it allows technicians to pinpoint seemingly insignificant troubles before they lead to a major meltdown.
  4. Put in new air filters regularly. Follow manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A clogged filter can cause your system to short cycle, or turn on and off too often, and increase your cooling
  5. costs.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of residences in the U.S. don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has separated over time can leak conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create major comfort issues in your house, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep hot air where it belongs by plugging holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more cool air inside.

Conserve More Energy During Hot Weather with Moon's Air

If you want to conserve more energy this summer, our Moon's Air pros can provide assistance. Give us a call at 318-215-7938 or contact us online for extra info about our energy-conserving cooling products.

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