Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

June 04, 2020

You shouldn’t be forced to compromise on comfort or empty your wallet to keep your house at a pleasant temperature during hot days.

But what is the right temperature, exactly? We review advice from energy pros so you can determine the best setting for your house.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most people find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a major difference between your interior and outdoor temperatures, your electricity expenses 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 too high, there are methods you can keep your house pleasant without having the air conditioner running constantly.

Keeping windows and curtains closed during the day keeps cool air where it needs to be—inside. Some window solutions, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to offer extra insulation and better energy savings.

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

If 78 degrees still feels too warm initially, try doing a trial for a week or so. Get started by raising your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, steadily decrease it while adhering to the advice above. You might be astonished at how refreshed you feel at a hotter temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the air conditioning running all day while your residence is empty. Turning the temp 7¬¬–10 degrees warmer 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 colder than 78 to cool your residence more quickly. This isn’t useful and typically leads to a bigger cooling expense.

A programmable thermostat is a good method to keep your temperature in check, but you have to set programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you risk forgetting to move the set temperature when you go.

If you want a handy resolution, think about getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your residence and when you’re out. Then it instinctively adjusts temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? An estimated $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another perk of installing a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to keep an eye on and change temperature settings from just about anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR advises 82 degrees, that could be unpleasant for the majority of families. Many people sleep better when their sleeping space is chilled, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation recommends 60–67 degrees. But that might be too cold, based on your PJ and blanket preference.

We advise running an equivalent test over a week, putting your temp higher and progressively turning it down to choose the best setting for your family. On mild nights, you might discover keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a better idea than operating the air conditioner.

More Ways to Use Less Energy This Summer

There are additional approaches you can conserve money on air conditioning bills throughout hot weather.

  1. Install an energy-efficient air conditioning 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 residence comfier while keeping cooling
  2. expenses small.
  3. Schedule regular air conditioning service. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit running like it should and might help it run at greater efficiency. It could also help prolong its life cycle, since it allows pros to discover little issues before they create an expensive meltdown.
  4. Replace air filters frequently. Use manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A clogged filter can lead to your system short cycling, or turn on and off too much, and increase your utility
  5. costs.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of residences in the U.S. don’t have adequate insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most southern climates need 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has come apart over time can leak conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create big comfort issues in your residence, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep muggy air where it belongs by sealing cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more cold air inside.

Save More Energy During Warm Weather with Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning

If you want to save more energy this summer, our Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning experts can provide assistance. Reach us at 734-284-1224 or contact us online for more info about our energy-efficient cooling products.