Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

June 04, 2020

You shouldn’t need to compromise on comfort or drain your wallet to keep your home at a pleasant setting during the summer.

But what is the ideal temp, exactly? We go over advice from energy experts so you can select the best temp for your family.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most people 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 electricity costs will be larger.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that sounds too high, there are methods you can keep your residence cool without having the air conditioner on all the time.

Keeping windows and window treatments closed during the day keeps cold air where it needs to be—inside. Some window coverings, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to offer extra insulation and improved energy efficiency.

If you have ceiling fans in your home, the DOE says you can raise thermostat temps about 4 degrees higher without compromising comfort. That’s due to the fact they freshen through a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not rooms, turn them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still appears too uncomfortable initially, try doing a test for approximately a week. Start by raising your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, gradually decrease it while following the tips above. You might be astonished at how cool you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the AC working all day while your house is empty. Switching the temp 7¬¬–10 degrees hotter can save you anywhere from 5–15% on your electricity expenses, according to the DOE.

When you come home, don’t be tempted to set your thermostat below 78 to cool your residence more quickly. This isn’t useful and usually results in a more expensive electrical cost.

A programmable thermostat is a good method to keep your temp controlled, but you need to set programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you run the risk of forgetting to raise the set temperature when you leave.

If you’re looking for a convenient solution, consider installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at your house and when you’re gone. Then it instinctively modifies temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? About $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

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

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

We recommend following a similar test over a week, setting your temp higher and gradually lowering it to choose the right temperature for your family. On pleasant nights, you may discover keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a preferable solution than operating the AC.

More Ways to Save Energy This Summer

There are additional ways you can save money on energy bills throughout hot weather.

  1. Buy an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they become older. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your house cooler while keeping energy
  2. expenses down.
  3. Book yearly air conditioner service. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your system working properly and could help it run at better efficiency. It may also help extend its life cycle, since it enables professionals to spot seemingly insignificant problems before they create a big meltdown.
  4. Replace air filters frequently. Follow manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A dirty filter can result in your system short cycling, or turn on and off too frequently, and raise your electricity
  5. bills.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of houses in the United States 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 separated over the years can seep cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in big comfort problems in your home, such as hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep humid air in its place by plugging cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more cool air inside.

Save More Energy During Hot Weather with Breathe Healthier Air

If you need to save more energy during hot weather, our Breathe Healthier Air professionals can help. Give us a call at 772-353-4633 or contact us online for extra information about our energy-efficient cooling products.