Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

June 04, 2020

You shouldn’t be forced to compromise on comfort or spend a lot to keep your house at the right temp during hot days.

But what is the ideal temp, exactly? We discuss advice from energy professionals so you can choose the best temp for your loved ones.

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

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 interior and exterior warmth, your electrical expenses will be larger.

This is our advice based on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and ENERGY STAR®.

While at home: 78 degrees. While that appears hot, there are approaches you can keep your home cool without having the AC going constantly.

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

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can increase thermostat settings about 4 degrees higher without giving up comfort. That’s since they cool by a windchill effect. Because they cool people, not rooms, switch them off when you move from a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too warm on the surface, try conducting a test for approximately a week. Start by raising your setting to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, steadily turn it down while using the suggestions above. You might be shocked at how cool you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the air conditioner on all day while your house is vacant. Turning the temp 7¬¬–10 degrees higher can save you as much as 5–15% on your electricity expenses, according to the DOE.

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

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

If you’re looking for a convenient solution, think about installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at home and when you’re gone. Then it instinctively changes temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? Usually $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another advantage of installing a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to watch and change temperature settings from just about anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR suggests 82 degrees, that may be unbearable for most families. Many people sleep better when their sleeping space is chilly, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation recommends 60–67 degrees. But that might be too chilly, depending on your clothing and blanket preference.

We advise running a similar test over a week, moving your thermostat higher and slowly turning it down to pinpoint the ideal setting for your family. On pleasant nights, you may find keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a better solution than operating the air conditioner.

More Ways to Use Less Energy During Warm Weather

There are other methods you can conserve money on energy bills throughout warm weather.

  1. Buy an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they get older. A new air conditioner can keep your home cooler while keeping electrical
  2. bills small.
  3. Book annual air conditioner tune-ups. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment running smoothly and might help it work at better efficiency. It could also help prolong its life expectancy, since it enables technicians to uncover little issues before they cause an expensive meltdown.
  4. Replace air filters regularly. Use manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A clogged filter can result in your system short cycling, or run too frequently, and drive up your electricity
  5. bills.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of houses in the United States don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most southern climates need 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has separated over the years can seep conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create major comfort problems in your residence, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep hot air where it should be by closing holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more conditioned air inside.

Save More Energy This Summer with Stieferman Heating Company Inc

If you need to conserve more energy during hot weather, our Stieferman Heating Company Inc experts can assist you. Get in touch with us at 573-635-3547 or contact us online for extra info about our energy-conserving cooling products.