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 setting during muggy weather.

But what is the best setting, exactly? We review ideas from energy experts so you can determine the best temp for your home.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a sizeable difference between your interior and outdoor temps, your cooling bills will be higher.

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 approaches you can keep your residence refreshing without having the air conditioner running constantly.

Keeping windows and curtains closed during the day keeps cold air where it belongs—within your home. Some window treatments, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to give extra insulation and better energy efficiency.

If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can increase thermostat settings about 4 degrees higher without compromising comfort. That’s because they freshen with a windchill effect. As they cool people, not spaces, shut them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still appears too warm at first glance, try conducting a trial for a week or so. Get started by raising your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, gradually decrease it while adhering to the ideas above. You could be surprised at how cool you feel at a hotter temperature setting.

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

When you get home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat below 78 to cool your house more rapidly. This isn’t useful and usually results in a higher cooling expense.

A programmable thermostat is a useful method to keep your temperature controlled, but it requires setting programs. If you don’t set programs, you run the risk of forgetting to change the set temperature when you go.

If you want a convenient solution, think over buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your residence and when you’re gone. Then it instinctively modifies temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? Usually $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another advantage of using a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to keep an eye on and adjust temperature settings from nearly anywhere.

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

We recommend running an equivalent test over a week, setting your temp higher and progressively turning it down to locate the ideal setting for your residence. On cool nights, you might discover keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a superior solution than operating the air conditioner.

More Approaches to Save Energy During Hot Weather

There are other approaches you can conserve money on cooling bills throughout the summer.

  1. Get an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they age. An updated air conditioner can keep your house cooler while keeping electricity
  2. bills small.
  3. Book regular AC maintenance. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your system working properly and could help it run at better efficiency. It might also help lengthen its life expectancy, since it helps professionals to pinpoint small troubles before they create an expensive meltdown.
  4. Switch air filters regularly. Follow manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A clogged filter can cause your system to short cycle, or switch on and off too frequently, and drive up your electrical
  5. expenses.
  6. Measure attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of residences in the USA don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates need 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork inspected. Ductwork that has separated over the years can seep cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in big comfort issues in your residence, such as hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep humid air in its place by sealing cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more cold air indoors.

Use Less Energy During Hot Weather with True Temp Heating & Air Inc

If you need to conserve more energy during warm weather, our True Temp Heating & Air Inc pros can provide assistance. Give us a call at 706-695-7492 or contact us online for more information about our energy-efficient cooling options.