Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t need to sacrifice comfort or drain your wallet to keep your house at a pleasant setting during summer weather.

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

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most households find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a major difference between your interior and outside temperatures, your AC expenses will be higher.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that sounds warm, there are ways you can keep your residence cool without having the AC running constantly.

Keeping windows and blinds down during the day keeps chilled air where it should be—inside. Some window solutions, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to deliver added insulation and improved energy efficiency.

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

If 78 degrees still appears too warm initially, try running an experiment for a week or so. Get started by raising your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, progressively turn it down while using the tips above. You might be amazed at how comfortable 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 house is vacant. Switching the temp 7¬¬–10 degrees hotter can save you as much as 5–15% on your electricity costs, according to the DOE.

When you get home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your home more rapidly. This isn’t effective and usually produces a higher cooling expense.

A programmable thermostat is a useful method to keep your temp under control, but you have to set programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you run the risk of forgetting to increase the set temperature when you leave.

If you need a convenient solution, think over buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at your residence and when you’re out. Then it instinctively adjusts temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? Typically $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another benefit of installing a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to watch and regulate temperature settings from nearly anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR recommends 82 degrees, that might be unbearable for many families. Most people sleep better when their bedroom is cold, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation advises 60–67 degrees. But that may be too cold, due to your clothing and blanket preference.

We suggest running a comparable test over a week, putting your temp higher and progressively turning it down to determine the right setting for your family. On cool nights, you could learn keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a better option than using the air conditioner.

More Methods to Conserve Energy During Hot Weather

There are other approaches you can conserve money on AC bills throughout the summer.

  1. Install an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they become older. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your house cooler while keeping energy
  2. bills small.
  3. Book yearly air conditioner service. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your system working properly and might help it work at greater efficiency. It may also help extend its life cycle, since it helps pros to spot small troubles before they create a big meltdown.
  4. Change air filters often. Follow 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 electrical
  5. expenses.
  6. Inspect 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 require 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork examined. Ductwork that has loosened over the years can seep conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in big comfort troubles in your residence, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep warm air where it should be by sealing openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more conditioned air indoors.

Use Less Energy During Warm Weather with Air Houston Mechanical LLC

If you are looking to save more energy during hot weather, our Air Houston Mechanical LLC specialists can assist you. Get in touch with us at 832-777-1521 or contact us online for extra details about our energy-efficient cooling products.

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