Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

June 04, 2020

You shouldn’t be forced to compromise on comfort or drain your wallet to keep your home at a refreshing temp during muggy weather.

But what is the ideal temp, exactly? We go over ideas from energy professionals so you can choose the best setting for your loved ones.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most people find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a huge difference between your indoor and exterior temps, your electricity costs will be greater.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that seems warm, there are methods you can keep your residence pleasant without having the air conditioning on frequently.

Keeping windows and window treatments down during the day keeps cold air where it needs to be—indoors. Some window solutions, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to provide more insulation and improved energy savings.

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can increase thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees warmer without sacrificing comfort. That’s due to the fact they freshen with a windchill effect. As they cool people, not areas, shut them off when you leave a room.

If 78 degrees still seems too hot on the surface, try conducting a trial for approximately a week. Get started by increasing your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, gradually lower it while adhering to the ideas above. You could be shocked at how comfortable you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no reason to keep the air conditioning going all day while your residence is unoccupied. Switching the setting 7¬¬–10 degrees hotter can save you an estimated 5–15% on your AC expenses, according to the DOE.

When you get home, don’t be tempted to set your thermostat under 78 to cool your home more quickly. This isn’t useful and typically produces a more expensive cooling expense.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful way to keep your settings under control, but you need to set programs. If you don’t set programs, you run the risk of forgetting to move the set temperature when you take off.

If you want a handy resolution, think over getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at home and when you’re out. Then it intuitively adjusts temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? About $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

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

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

We recommend following a similar test over a week, putting your temp higher and steadily turning it down to locate the ideal temp for your house. On cool nights, you might learn keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a better option than using the air conditioning.

More Methods to Use Less Energy During Hot Weather

There are extra approaches you can save money on air conditioning bills throughout hot weather.

  1. Install an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they become older. A new air conditioner can keep your house comfier while keeping electrical
  2. expenses down.
  3. Set regular air conditioner service. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment operating properly and may help it run at better efficiency. It might also help extend its life span, since it allows professionals to find seemingly insignificant issues before they lead to a major meltdown.
  4. Change air filters frequently. Use manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A dusty filter can lead to your system short cycling, or turn on and off too frequently, and raise your utility
  5. expenses.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of houses in the U.S. don’t have proper 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 inspected. Ductwork that has loosened as it’s aged can seep cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to major comfort troubles in your residence, like hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep humid air where it should be by closing cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more cold air indoors.

Conserve More Energy During Warm Weather with Bain Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc

If you want to save more energy this summer, our Bain Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc pros can help. Get in touch with us at 256-270-1196 or contact us online for more information about our energy-efficient cooling products.