Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

June 04, 2020

You shouldn’t have to sacrifice comfort or empty your wallet to keep your house at a pleasant temp during the summer.

But what is the right temp, exactly? We discuss recommendations from energy professionals so you can select the best temp for your residence.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a major difference between your inside and outdoor temps, your utility costs will be bigger.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that appears warm, there are methods you can keep your home pleasant without having the air conditioning going all the time.

Keeping windows and curtains down during the day keeps chilled air where it should be—within your home. Some window treatments, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to provide more insulation and better energy efficiency.

If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can move thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees warmer without giving up comfort. That’s due to the fact they refresh by a windchill effect. As they cool people, not spaces, switch them off when you leave a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too uncomfortable initially, try doing a trial for approximately a week. Start by upping your setting to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, gradually turn it down while adhering to the tips above. You could be amazed at how comfortable you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the air conditioner working all day while your house is empty. Switching the temperature 7¬¬–10 degrees higher can save you an estimated 5–15% on your AC costs, according to the DOE.

When you arrive home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat under 78 to cool your residence more quickly. This isn’t productive and typically produces a bigger electrical bills.

A programmable thermostat is a good way to keep your temp controlled, but you have to set programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you run the risk of forgetting to increase the set temperature when you leave.

If you need a hassle-free resolution, think about buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at your residence and when you’re out. Then it intuitively changes temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? About $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

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

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

We recommend running a comparable test over a week, putting your thermostat higher and steadily turning it down to pick the right temperature for your house. On cool nights, you may find keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a preferable idea than operating the air conditioner.

More Methods to Conserve Energy During Warm Weather

There are added approaches you can conserve money on AC bills throughout hot weather.

  1. Buy an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they become older. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your home cooler while keeping electrical
  2. expenses small.
  3. Set annual air conditioning service. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit working smoothly and might help it work at greater efficiency. It might also help lengthen its life cycle, since it enables pros to find little problems before they lead to a major meltdown.
  4. Put in new air filters regularly. Use manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A dirty filter can result in your system short cycling, or run too much, and increase your electricity
  5. expenses.
  6. Measure attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of homes in the U.S. don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. The majority of southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has separated over the years can leak cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to big comfort problems in your home, such as hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep warm air in its place by sealing openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more cool air indoors.

Conserve More Energy During Warm Weather with Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC

If you are looking to conserve more energy this summer, our Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC specialists can help. Give us a call at 715-318-6728 or contact us online for extra info about our energy-conserving cooling solutions.