Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

June 04, 2020

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

But what is the right temperature, exactly? We go over ideas from energy professionals 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 Alliance.

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a major difference between your inside and outside temperatures, your electricity bills 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 appears hot, there are methods you can keep your home pleasant without having the AC running all the time.

Keeping windows and window treatments down during the day keeps cold air where it belongs—inside. Some window treatments, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to deliver more insulation and better energy conservation.

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can move thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees higher without compromising comfort. That’s since they cool through a windchill effect. As they cool people, not spaces, turn them off when you move from a room.

If 78 degrees still seems too uncomfortable initially, try doing an experiment for a week or so. Start by upping your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, progressively turn it down while following the suggestions above. You could be surprised at how cool you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the AC running all day while your house is unoccupied. Switching the setting 7¬¬–10 degrees hotter can save you as much as 5–15% on your AC costs, according to the DOE.

When you come home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat under 78 to cool your house more rapidly. This isn’t useful and often produces a more expensive cooling bills.

A programmable thermostat is a good method to keep your temp in check, but you have to set programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you might forget to change the set temperature when you take off.

If you’re looking for a convenient solution, think over buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at your residence and when you’re out. Then it automatically changes temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? An estimated $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another plus of using a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to monitor and change temperature settings from nearly anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR advises 82 degrees, that could be unbearable for most families. Most people sleep better when their bedroom is cold, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation advises 60–67 degrees. But that might be too cold, due to your pajama and blanket preference.

We advise following a similar test over a week, setting your thermostat higher and steadily decreasing it to choose the right temperature for your family. On mild nights, you might find keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a better solution than running the air conditioning.

More Ways to Use Less Energy This Summer

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

  1. Upgrade to an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they become older. A new air conditioner can keep your house more comfortable while keeping utility
  2. expenses small.
  3. Book regular AC maintenance. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your system operating smoothly and may help it run more efficiently. It may also help prolong its life expectancy, since it enables professionals to spot small issues before they cause an expensive meltdown.
  4. Change air filters often. Use manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A clogged filter can cause your system to short cycle, or turn on and off too much, and increase your electrical
  5. costs.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of houses in the USA don’t have enough insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. The majority of southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork examined. Ductwork that has separated as it’s aged can seep cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to huge comfort issues in your house, such as hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep humid air where it should be by plugging openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more cold air inside.

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