Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

June 04, 2020

You shouldn’t have to give up comfort or drain your wallet to keep your home at a pleasant temp during warm days.

But what is the right temp, exactly? We go over recommendations from energy pros so you can find the best temperature for your loved ones.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most people find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a huge difference between your interior and outside temps, your electrical bills will be larger.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that sounds hot, there are methods you can keep your house pleasant without having the air conditioning running frequently.

Keeping windows and window treatments shut during the day keeps cool air where it belongs—inside. Some window treatments, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to offer more insulation and better energy savings.

If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can raise thermostat temps about 4 degrees higher without giving up comfort. That’s because they refresh by a windchill effect. As they cool people, not areas, turn them off when you move from a room.

If 78 degrees still appears too uncomfortable on the surface, try doing a trial for approximately a week. Get started by raising your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, gradually decrease it while adhering to the tips 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 air conditioning going all day while your home is vacant. Switching the temp 7¬¬–10 degrees warmer can save you an estimated 5–15% on your electricity costs, according to the DOE.

When you come home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your home faster. This isn’t effective and often leads to a higher electricity expense.

A programmable thermostat is a useful way to keep your settings controlled, but you have to set programs. If you don’t use programs, you risk forgetting to raise the set temperature when you leave.

If you need a convenient resolution, think over buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at your house and when you’re out. Then it instinctively modifies temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? About $180 yearly 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 change temperature settings from nearly anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR recommends 82 degrees, that might be too uncomfortable 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 cool, depending on your clothing and blanket preference.

We suggest running a comparable test over a week, setting your temp higher and steadily decreasing it to choose the ideal temperature for your residence. On mild nights, you could find keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a superior solution than operating the air conditioner.

More Methods to Conserve Energy During Warm Weather

There are added ways you can spend less money on air conditioning bills throughout hot weather.

  1. Upgrade to an energy-efficient AC system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they become older. A new air conditioner can keep your house comfier while keeping cooling
  2. expenses down.
  3. Book annual AC maintenance. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment working smoothly and may help it work at better efficiency. It could also help lengthen its life expectancy, since it helps technicians to discover small troubles before they lead to a big meltdown.
  4. Change air filters often. Follow manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A dusty filter can lead to your system short cycling, or run too frequently, and raise your electrical
  5. expenses.
  6. Check attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of houses in the U.S. don’t have enough insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork examined. Ductwork that has come apart over time can leak cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create huge comfort problems in your house, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep humid air where it should be by closing openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more cool air inside.

Save More Energy During Hot Weather with Dearing's Service & Solutions

If you want to use less energy this summer, our Dearing's Service & Solutions professionals can help. Reach us at 812-200-5844 or contact us online for additional information about our energy-saving cooling solutions.