Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

June 04, 2020

You shouldn’t be forced to give up comfort or empty your wallet to keep your house at a refreshing temperature during summer weather.

But what is the best temperature, exactly? We review recommendations from energy specialists so you can determine the best setting for your loved ones.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a big difference between your indoor and outdoor warmth, your electricity expenses will be bigger.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that seems hot, there are methods you can keep your residence cool without having the AC going frequently.

Keeping windows and blinds shut during the day keeps cool air where it belongs—indoors. Some window solutions, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to provide extra insulation and enhanced energy savings.

If you have ceiling fans in your home, the DOE says you can move thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees hotter without sacrificing comfort. That’s since they refresh with a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not rooms, switch them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still seems too uncomfortable initially, try doing an experiment for a week or so. Start by upping your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, gradually lower it while using the tips above. You could be amazed at how cool you feel at a hotter temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the air conditioning going all day while your residence is vacant. Turning the temp 7¬¬–10 degrees warmer can save you an estimated 5–15% on your electricity expenses, according to the DOE.

When you get home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat below 78 to cool your home more rapidly. This isn’t effective and typically results in a more expensive air conditioner bills.

A programmable thermostat is a good way to keep your settings in check, but you have to set programs. If you don’t set programs, you run the risk of forgetting to raise the set temperature when you leave.

If you’re looking for a convenient resolution, consider getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects 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 biggest savings. How much exactly? Typically $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another advantage of having 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 suggests 82 degrees, that might be unbearable for many families. Most people sleep better when their bedroom is chilly, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation recommends 60–67 degrees. But that could be too cool, based on your PJ and blanket preference.

We recommend trying a comparable test over a week, setting your thermostat higher and slowly decreasing it to pinpoint the best temperature for your residence. On mild nights, you may find keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a superior solution than running the AC.

More Methods to Use Less Energy During Warm Weather

There are extra methods you can spend less money on utility bills throughout hot weather.

  1. Get an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they age. An updated air conditioner can keep your residence cooler while keeping electricity
  2. costs low.
  3. Book annual AC service. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit running properly and might help it operate at better efficiency. It can also help extend its life expectancy, since it allows pros to pinpoint small issues before they cause an expensive meltdown.
  4. Replace air filters frequently. Read manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A clogged filter can result in your system short cycling, or run too frequently, and increase your cooling
  5. expenses.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of residences in the United States don’t have adequate insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. The majority of southern climates should have 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has loosened over the years can leak conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in major comfort issues in your house, like hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep warm air where it belongs by sealing holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more conditioned air indoors.

Conserve More Energy During Warm Weather with Air Houston Mechanical LLC

If you are looking to use less energy during warm weather, our Air Houston Mechanical LLC professionals can assist you. Reach us at 832-777-1521 or contact us online for additional details about our energy-saving cooling options.