Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

June 04, 2020

You shouldn’t need to compromise on comfort or spend a lot to keep your house at the right setting during warm days.

But what is the right setting, exactly? We discuss advice from energy pros so you can select the best temp for your home.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a big difference between your inside and exterior warmth, your electricity costs 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 appears hot, there are ways you can keep your home pleasant without having the air conditioner running frequently.

Keeping windows and blinds down during the day keeps cold air where it belongs—indoors. Some window coverings, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to deliver more insulation and improved energy efficiency.

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can increase thermostat settings about 4 degrees hotter without compromising comfort. That’s because they refresh with a windchill effect. Because they cool people, not areas, shut them off when you leave a room.

If 78 degrees still appears too hot initially, try doing an experiment for approximately a week. Start by upping your setting to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, progressively decrease it while using the advice above. You could be astonished at how comfortable you feel at a warmer temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the air conditioner running all day while your home is unoccupied. Turning the setting 7¬¬–10 degrees warmer can save you an estimated 5–15% on your AC costs, according to the DOE.

When you come home, don’t be tempted to set your thermostat below 78 to cool your residence faster. This isn’t useful and usually leads to a bigger AC bills.

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

If you need a handy solution, think over installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at home and when you’re out. Then it intuitively changes temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? Usually $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another benefit of having 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 might be unbearable for the majority of families. The majority of people sleep better when their sleeping area is cold, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation recommends 60–67 degrees. But that might be too cool, due to your PJ and blanket preference.

We advise running a similar test over a week, setting your thermostat higher and steadily turning it down to select the ideal setting for your family. On pleasant nights, you could learn keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a better option than running the AC.

More Ways to Use Less Energy During Warm Weather

There are additional methods you can spend less money on AC bills throughout hot weather.

  1. Get an energy-efficient AC system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they become older. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your home more comfortable while keeping electrical
  2. costs small.
  3. Book yearly AC maintenance. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment working like it should and could help it run at greater efficiency. It may also help lengthen its life span, since it enables professionals to find small problems before they create a major meltdown.
  4. Change air filters often. Follow manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A dusty filter can result in your system short cycling, or switch on and off too often, and increase your electrical
  5. costs.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of homes in the USA don’t have enough insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. The majority of southern climates should have 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates need 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has separated as it’s aged can leak conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to major comfort troubles in your home, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep humid air where it should be by sealing openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more conditioned air indoors.

Save More Energy This Summer with Wallpe Heating & Cooling

If you are looking to save more energy during warm weather, our Wallpe Heating & Cooling experts can assist you. Get in touch with us at 812-663-7252 or contact us online for extra information about our energy-conserving cooling products.