Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

June 04, 2020

You shouldn’t have to give up comfort or spend a lot to keep your house at a refreshing temp during summer weather.

But what is the ideal temperature, exactly? We discuss ideas from energy specialists so you can find the best temp for your family.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most people find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a major difference between your interior and outside temps, your utility costs will be greater.

This is our advice based on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and ENERGY STAR®.

While at home: 78 degrees. While that seems warm, there are methods you can keep your home pleasant without having the air conditioner on frequently.

Keeping windows and blinds closed during the day keeps cool air where it needs to be—within your home. Some window coverings, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to provide more insulation and better energy conservation.

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can increase thermostat settings about 4 degrees warmer without compromising comfort. That’s since they refresh through a windchill effect. As they cool people, not areas, shut them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too hot on the surface, try doing a test for about a week. Begin by upping your setting to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, progressively lower it while using the suggestions above. You could be surprised at how cool you feel at a warmer temperature setting.

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

When you arrive home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your house faster. This isn’t effective and usually results in a more expensive electrical bills.

A programmable thermostat is a good method to keep your settings under control, but you need to set programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you might forget to change the set temperature when you leave.

If you want a convenient resolution, consider installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at home and when you’re gone. Then it instinctively changes temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? Usually $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another benefit of installing a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to keep an eye on and regulate temperature settings from almost anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR suggests 82 degrees, that may be unbearable for the majority of families. Most people sleep better when their sleeping space is chilled, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation advises 60–67 degrees. But that may be too cool, depending on your clothing and blanket preference.

We advise following a comparable test over a week, setting your temperature higher and steadily decreasing it to pick the ideal setting for your family. On mild nights, you could discover keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a preferable idea than operating the air conditioning.

More Methods to Conserve Energy This Summer

There are extra ways you can save money on energy bills throughout warm weather.

  1. Buy an energy-efficient AC system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they age. A new air conditioner can keep your house cooler while keeping electrical
  2. costs small.
  3. Schedule annual air conditioning tune-ups. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your system working smoothly and might help it work at better efficiency. It might also help extend its life expectancy, since it helps pros to discover small issues before they lead to a big meltdown.
  4. Put in new air filters regularly. Use manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A clogged filter can lead to your system short cycling, or run too much, and increase your utility
  5. bills.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of residences in the United States don’t have enough insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates need 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has loosened over the years can let conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create huge comfort issues in your house, like hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep muggy air where it should be by sealing openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more cold air within your home.

Use Less Energy During Hot Weather with Taylor's Heating & Air Conditioning

If you need to use less energy during hot weather, our Taylor's Heating & Air Conditioning experts can help. Get in touch with us at 519-296-4437 or contact us online for more details about our energy-conserving cooling options.