Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

June 04, 2020

You shouldn’t be forced to give up comfort or spend a lot to keep your home at a refreshing temperature during muggy weather.

But what is the ideal temperature, exactly? We go over recommendations from energy experts so you can find the best setting for your family.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a major difference between your indoor and outdoor warmth, your electrical expenses will be greater.

These are our suggestions based on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and ENERGY STAR®.

While at home: 78 degrees. While that seems hot, there are methods you can keep your residence refreshing without having the air conditioning going constantly.

Keeping windows and blinds closed during the day keeps cool air where it needs to be—indoors. Some window solutions, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to deliver more insulation and improved energy efficiency.

If you have ceiling fans in your home, the DOE says you can raise thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees higher without giving up comfort. That’s due to the fact they cool through a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not spaces, switch them off when you leave a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too hot at first glance, try running an experiment for approximately a week. Begin by upping your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, gradually decrease it while following the tips above. You might be surprised at how comfortable you feel at a hotter temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the air conditioner on all day while your house is vacant. Turning the setting 7¬¬–10 degrees warmer can save you as much as 5–15% on your cooling costs, according to the DOE.

When you come home, don’t be tempted to set your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your house faster. This isn’t effective and typically produces a bigger air conditioner expense.

A programmable thermostat is a useful method to keep your temp in check, but it requires setting programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you risk forgetting to move the set temperature when you leave.

If you’re looking for a hassle-free solution, think over getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at your house and when you’re away. Then it automatically modifies temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? Usually $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another plus of using a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to watch and adjust temperature settings from almost anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR suggests 82 degrees, that may be unpleasant for most families. Most people sleep better when their sleeping space is chilly, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation suggests 60–67 degrees. But that could be too cool, due to your PJ and blanket preference.

We advise using a comparable test over a week, moving your temp higher and progressively decreasing it to pinpoint the best temperature for your residence. On cool nights, you may find keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a superior option than using the air conditioning.

More Ways to Use Less Energy This Summer

There are additional ways you can save money on cooling bills throughout hot weather.

  1. Upgrade to an energy-efficient AC system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they age. An updated air conditioner can keep your residence more comfortable while keeping cooling
  2. expenses down.
  3. Book yearly AC maintenance. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit running like it should and could help it work at greater efficiency. It can also help extend its life span, since it enables professionals to find small issues before they lead to a major meltdown.
  4. Replace air filters regularly. Use manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A dirty filter can lead to your system short cycling, or turn on and off too much, and raise your utility
  5. bills.
  6. Check attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of residences in the USA don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates should have 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork examined. Ductwork that has separated over the years can leak cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create huge comfort problems in your home, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep humid air where it should be by closing holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more cool air inside.

Use Less Energy During Warm Weather with E.B. Air, LLC

If you need to save more energy this summer, our E.B. Air, LLC specialists can help. Reach us at 979-335-4262 or contact us online for extra information about our energy-efficient cooling options.