Best AC Setting For Cooling: Best Air Conditioner Temperature to Save Money, Set AC to Auto or On?

in this video we answer four questions
about how to set your air conditioner in the summertime one what's the best
temperature for your air conditioner to be set at throughout the summer time –
how do you save money with your air conditioner settings 3 should your air
conditioner be set to auto or on and 4 what's the coldest your air conditioner
can be set at and still function properly so if you're a homeowner and
you would like weekly tips on your heating and air kissing system and save
some money please subscribe and keep watching hey I have a bunch of questions
about air conditioning settings for the summertime what is the best temperature
for your air conditioner to be set at in the summertime it's gonna be the
temperature that you are most comfortable at that's gonna put us in
the you know 75 to 80 degree range as soon as I say that there's gonna be
people out there saying 70 oh my gosh that's terrible
my husband would die it really is whatever you're most comfortable at it
another thing is is how accurate is your thermostat so many times it's a couple
of degrees off and you think that you're maintaining your temperature at 75 but
you're actually maintaining 72 also I think where your thermostat is do you
remember I lived in a house once where the thermostat was behind our TV where
the heat from the components was messing up if somebody was wanting to save money
on their air conditioning costs what are some settings that they can use to save
the money well that's a that's a good question because you know a lot of
people will have now programmable thermostats
these are thermostats that can change the temperature several times during the
course of the day if your home is working adults and they're leaving at
7:30 in the morning and they're coming home at 4:30 in the afternoon it doesn't
make a whole lot of sense to maintain the temperature of your home at that
that comfortable setting when no one is there you certainly can save money by
doing that having said that that example I gave is so I come home at 4:30 in the
afternoon that is the hottest part of the day to expect my house to I let it
I'm up three or four degrees during the day and now at the hottest point in the
day I'm saying no I want it four degrees cooler than that
cut your air-conditioner a little bit of slack and so if you're coming home at
4:30 5 o'clock you should be thinking about changing your setting at 3:00 so
if people do leave during the day what what how big of a temperature difference
is too much or too little right that's a good question I'll say five degrees at
the very most when we get into the really extreme parts of the day maybe
you don't even want to do that two to three degrees makes a big difference but
there is some false economy to go the other way
oh well gee let's basically turn the air conditioner off during the day then
expect to be comfortable at five o'clock in the afternoon you don't really don't
want to do that so as we get into the more extreme parts of the the summer
you're gonna narrow that temperature spread really now we're just concerned
about let's just maintain a comfortable temperature something that people really
don't think about and it's always interesting when we come into a
situation where the air conditioner has been off because something broke and we
come in and it's a hot day and the house has warmed up ten degrees it is it is
unbearably high and we turn that air conditioner on understand that
everything in the house is 10 degrees too hot we have to cool everything down
the expectation when we're in that situation where things really warm up is
we will tell folks you know this is gonna run when you go to bed tonight
you're gonna wonder if it's still working or not let's not do that to
ourselves let the house warm up seven degrees on purpose and then expect it to
cool back down there's a little bit of false economy because now it's gonna run
non-stop it's gonna take forever should the air conditioner be set to
auto or on now what we're referring to there is the blower switch most folks
will look at their thermostat and they've got the system that controls
that's where it's heat cool off the other is the blower switch and so yes
you see that auto and on and what that means is when in the auto position the
blower of the system is automatically going to come on with the air
conditioner when we put it in the on position the blower is gonna stay on
all the time some thermostats call that circulate this is very effective at
night time if you've got a two-story house we have a lot of two-story homes
in our area the upper levels of the house are always warmer because the heat
just naturally rises to the high points in the house and by running that blower
in the on position you're gonna be constantly circulating the air you're
gonna notice a huge improvement especially in the morning you wake up in
the morning and the room is kind of stuffy you know the air conditioner
hasn't been on it's been cool outside and you go downstairs and every step of
the stairway you almost feel what feels like a temperature degree cooler as you
go downstairs and once you hit the bottom of the staircase it's like I know
this is a nice temperature down here and by running that blower you're gonna see
a huge improvement in that scenario right there where it's gonna be more the
same temperature upstairs than it is downstairs it's best for allergies right
because when the temperatures aren't so bad that's usually when things are
blooming and allergies are kind of at their peak good point that the weather
is milder and so the air conditioning cycles aren't very long and and your air
cleaner that's downstairs in your comfort system it's not working if the
if the blower is not on there's a lot of folks now have high-efficiency blowers
what we call variable drive blowers they're extremely efficient to operate
and so for instance here my house the blower runs all the time year-round so
things like our ultraviolet lighting system downstairs or germicidal lights
our air cleaners for pollens and things I can't those are running all the time
what is the coldest your air conditioner could be set at and still function
properly there there's lots of variables there I will just tell you just right
off the cuff asking it to cool below 70 degrees situationally you're gonna start
having issues and what I mean by that is what's the temperature outside how hot
is it outside what if it's what if it's 85 degrees outside is it possible for my
house to be 65 degrees in saying it is possible but let's keep it
in the 70s okay let's keep it in the Stephanie you're gonna run into
situations where it could create a problem even though everything is
operating normally you can create problems when you try and ask it to do
too much as a general rule on the flip side of that when it's 95 it depends on
your home it depends on the sizing of the equipment but generally you're
looking at a 15 to 20 degree spread on that 95 degree day you might expect 75
to 80 degrees if your air conditioner is sized properly that's what the air
conditioner is capable of cooling your home 15 to 20 degrees below the outside
temperature that's just a very broad general rule and really it depends on
how your air conditioner was sized that would be a reasonable expectation
anything else about best settings for cooling experiment with that blower
switch try running your blower in the on position and I challenge you I bet
you're gonna notice a difference every home has a warm place a cool place those
things are evened out dramatically when we run that blower continuously

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