Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

June 04, 2020

You shouldn’t have to sacrifice comfort or spend a lot to keep your residence at a refreshing temperature during warm days.

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

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a big difference between your indoor and exterior temperatures, your AC 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 too high, there are ways you can keep your house refreshing without having the air conditioning running frequently.

Keeping windows and window treatments closed during the day keeps cold air where it needs to be—within your home. Some window coverings, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to provide more insulation and improved energy conservation.

If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can raise thermostat settings about 4 degrees hotter without giving up comfort. That’s since they freshen by a windchill effect. As they cool people, not areas, switch them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still seems too hot on the surface, try conducting an experiment for approximately a week. Get started by increasing your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, steadily turn it down while using the suggestions above. You could be surprised at how refreshed you feel at a hotter temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the AC working all day while your residence is vacant. Turning the temperature 7¬¬–10 degrees warmer can save you as much as 5–15% on your air conditioning bills, according to the DOE.

When you come home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat under 78 to cool your house faster. This isn’t productive and often produces a bigger AC cost.

A programmable thermostat is a useful approach to keep your settings under control, but it requires setting programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you might forget to move the set temperature when you leave.

If you’re looking for a hassle-free resolution, think over buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at home and when you’re gone. Then it instinctively changes temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? Usually $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another plus of getting a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to monitor and regulate temperature settings from just about anywhere.

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

We recommend trying a similar test over a week, moving your temp higher and slowly decreasing it to choose the right temperature for your house. On mild nights, you might discover keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a preferable solution than running the air conditioner.

More Ways to Save Energy During Hot Weather

There are added ways you can save money on AC bills throughout hot weather.

  1. Buy an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they become older. An updated air conditioner can keep your house comfier while keeping cooling
  2. bills small.
  3. Book annual air conditioner maintenance. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit running like it should and could help it work at better efficiency. It could also help prolong its life expectancy, since it enables technicians to discover small troubles before they create a big meltdown.
  4. Change air filters often. Read manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A dirty filter can lead to your system short cycling, or turn on and off too much, and drive up your electricity
  5. costs.
  6. Measure attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of homes in the USA don’t have enough 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 checked. Ductwork that has separated over the years can seep cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create huge comfort issues in your residence, like hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep hot air in its place by plugging cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more cool air within your home.

Use Less Energy This Summer with Air Quality Solutions

If you are looking to save more energy during warm weather, our Air Quality Solutions experts can assist you. Get in touch with us at 614-871-4144 or contact us online for more info about our energy-saving cooling products.