It is air-conditioning season time. Ready or not, it’s here! People often ask what is the optimal temperature to set an AC unit here in the Las Vegas desert. That’s a great question! According to Consumer Reports, the Energy Star efficiency temperature standard is 78°.
We also recommend to start with 78° and then you decide what is comfortable for you and your family. As we know, personal comfort is subjective and there is not a perfect one-temp-for-all. Try out a warm day at 78° and see how that feels for you and your family. Then you may increase or decrease the temperature by 1° at a time for a period of time to determine your optimal temperature and comfort level.
Ceiling fans are great to circulate the air in a room and to spread the cooler air around. Many families find they can set the temperature up to 5° when using fans, which can be a great energy savings. But when you are not home it is best to turn the fans off, as they don’t provide an energy benefit, just higher energy bills.
Don’t forget that keeping your air conditioning units properly and regularly serviced is the best way to save energy. Regular maintenance ensures that your units are ready to handle the heat and help to avoid possible breakdowns. Replacing filters at least quarterly, and monthly during the long hot summer, keeps your unit(s) running efficiently as well.
Call JMAC Plumbing & Air today to schedule a comprehensive A/C unit(s) inspection and routine maintenance. Your family’s comfort is important to us!