Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

June 04, 2020

You shouldn’t be forced to compromise on comfort or spend a lot to keep your house at a pleasant temp during warm days.

But what is the right setting, exactly? We discuss suggestions from energy experts so you can select the best temperature for your residence.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a major difference between your inside and exterior temperatures, your utility bills 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 sounds hot, there are approaches you can keep your home refreshing without having the air conditioner on constantly.

Keeping windows and blinds closed during the day keeps cold air where it should be—inside. Some window treatments, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to deliver more insulation and enhanced energy conservation.

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

If 78 degrees still appears too warm at first glance, try running a trial for about a week. Begin by raising your setting to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, progressively decrease it while following the tips above. You could be shocked at how cool you feel at a warmer temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the air conditioning working all day while your home is vacant. Switching the temp 7¬¬–10 degrees higher can save you as much as 5–15% on your electricity expenses, according to the DOE.

When you get home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your home faster. This isn’t useful and usually results in a bigger cooling expense.

A programmable thermostat is a good approach to keep your temp controlled, but it requires setting programs. If you don’t set programs, you might forget to increase the set temperature when you go.

If you want a handy solution, think about buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at home and when you’re gone. Then it instinctively adjusts temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? An estimated $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another advantage of getting a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to watch and adjust temperature settings from just about anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR suggests 82 degrees, that could be unpleasant for the majority of families. Most people sleep better when their bedroom is chilled, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation recommends 60–67 degrees. But that might be too cool, depending on your pajama and blanket preference.

We advise trying an equivalent test over a week, moving your thermostat higher and steadily lowering it to pinpoint the right setting for your house. On pleasant nights, you could find keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a preferable idea than running the air conditioning.

More Ways to Conserve Energy During Hot Weather

There are additional approaches you can save money on utility bills throughout warm weather.

  1. Get an energy-efficient AC system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they age. An updated air conditioner can keep your residence more comfortable while keeping cooling
  2. bills down.
  3. Book regular air conditioning maintenance. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment working properly and might help it run more efficiently. It could also help lengthen its life cycle, since it enables professionals to uncover little issues before they cause a major meltdown.
  4. Put in new air filters regularly. Follow manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A dusty filter can cause your system to short cycle, or turn on and off too often, and drive up your utility
  5. expenses.
  6. Measure attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of homes in the U.S. don’t have enough insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most southern climates need 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates need 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has separated over the years can seep cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in major comfort issues in your house, such as hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep hot air in its place by plugging holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more conditioned air within your home.

Conserve More Energy During Hot Weather with House of Heating Incorporated

If you want to save more energy this summer, our House of Heating Incorporated professionals can assist you. Get in touch with us at 715-384-3163 or contact us online for additional information about our energy-conserving cooling solutions.