Your Air Conditioner Should Never Be Set Below 78 Degrees. Here’s Why…
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This new recommendation will save you money if you can take the heat!
Just as many of us are cranking up the AC to ride out another heatwave, the federal government has come forward with new recommendations for air conditioning our homes in the summer.
Energy Star, a partnership between the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency, now suggests that the coolest your air conditioner should ever be set is 78 degrees.
For maximum efficiency and reduction of energy costs, Energy Star recommends keeping the inside temperature of your home as close to the outside temperature as you can comfortably do so. More specifically, the agency recommends keeping your air conditioner at 78℉ when you’re home in the summertime, 82℉ when you’re asleep, and 85℉ when you’re away.
According to the Department of Energy, reducing the use of your AC saves you about three percent on your utility bill for each degree increased. Energy officials say that these savings could add up fast, on both a personal and a global scale. Air conditioners use about five percent of the electricity produced in the US every year, at a cost of over $29 billion.
Not sure if you’re ready to sleep in an 82° room? Energy Star recommends other changes you can make to reduce utility costs while helping to keep your home cool. They include:
- Using a ceiling fan, which can allow you to raise your thermostat as much as four degrees without sacrificing comfort
- Installing a programmable thermostat to automatically optimize the temperature for each time of day (see some of our favorite Smart Thermostats here!)
- Insulating your attic and walls and sealing any cracks that allow warm air to come in from the outside
- Insulating and sealing air ducts
- Using an outdoor grill or smoker to prepare food rather than heating up the oven or stove (Lina loves the Traeger Renegade Pro!)
- Using the kitchen range hood when you must cook indoors
- Installing insulated window coverings to prevent the sun from heating your home
- Upgrading to a high-efficiency AC unit to cool your home
- Regularly cleaning and replacing your AC unit’s filters
- Using the bathroom fan when showering or bathing
What do you think of these new recommendations? Leave your best tips for saving on the cost of AC in the comments below!