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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 temp, exactly? We go over ideas from energy pros so you can find the best temp 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 using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a sizeable difference between your indoor and exterior temps, your utility costs 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 going all the time.

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 added insulation and enhanced energy conservation.

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

If 78 degrees still appears too warm on the surface, try doing a test for approximately a week. Begin by raising your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, steadily turn it down while adhering to the advice above. You might be surprised at how refreshed you feel at a higher temperature setting.

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

When you come home, don’t be tempted to set your thermostat under 78 to cool your residence more rapidly. This isn’t productive and often produces a more expensive AC expense.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful method to keep your temperature controlled, but it requires setting programs. If you don’t use programs, you might forget to increase the set temperature when you take off.

If you’re looking for a hassle-free solution, think about buying 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 changes temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? An estimated $180 annually 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 nearly anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR recommends 82 degrees, that may be unbearable 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 could be too chilly, depending on your pajama and blanket preference.

We recommend using a comparable test over a week, moving your temperature higher and slowly lowering it to locate the ideal temp for your house. On pleasant nights, you could learn keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a superior solution than running the air conditioner.

More Approaches to Use Less Energy During Warm 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 upgraded air conditioner can keep your home more comfortable while keeping energy
  2. expenses down.
  3. Set yearly air conditioning service. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment working like it should and could help it work at better efficiency. It could also help prolong its life expectancy, since it allows technicians to pinpoint seemingly insignificant troubles before they create a big meltdown.
  4. Put in new air filters often. 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. expenses.
  6. Measure attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of houses 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 require 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 troubles in your house, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep hot air where it belongs by closing openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more cool air within your home.

Use Less Energy During Hot Weather with Moon's Air

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

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