Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

June 04, 2020

You shouldn’t be forced to compromise on comfort or empty your wallet to keep your residence at a refreshing temperature during the summer.

But what is the right temp, exactly? We discuss suggestions from energy specialists so you can choose the best temperature for your residence.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most households find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a huge difference between your interior and outdoor temperatures, your utility bills will be higher.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that appears hot, there are methods you can keep your house cool without having the air conditioner running all the time.

Keeping windows and curtains shut during the day keeps cold air where it needs to be—within your home. Some window coverings, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to give more insulation and enhanced energy savings.

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can raise thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees hotter without giving up comfort. That’s since they freshen through a windchill effect. Because they cool people, not rooms, switch them off when you move from a room.

If 78 degrees still appears too warm on the surface, try doing an experiment for a week or so. Begin by raising your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, gradually turn it down while using the advice above. You might be amazed at how comfortable you feel at a hotter temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the AC working all day while your home is empty. Turning the setting 7¬¬–10 degrees warmer can save you anywhere from 5–15% on your cooling costs, according to the DOE.

When you come home, don’t be tempted to set your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your home more rapidly. This isn’t effective and often leads to a more expensive electrical cost.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful approach to keep your settings under control, but it requires setting programs. If you don’t use programs, you risk forgetting to increase the set temperature when you go.

If you’re looking for a handy remedy, think over getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at home and when you’re out. Then it automatically changes temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? Usually $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 almost anywhere.

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

We suggest following a similar test over a week, setting your temperature higher and gradually decreasing it to pinpoint the ideal temp for your family. On pleasant nights, you may find keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a superior idea than running the air conditioning.

More Methods to Use Less Energy During Warm Weather

There are added ways you can conserve money on energy bills throughout warm weather.

  1. Get an energy-efficient cooling 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 cooler while keeping electrical
  2. bills down.
  3. Schedule regular air conditioner tune-ups. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your system running smoothly and could help it work more efficiently. It could also help prolong its life expectancy, since it allows technicians to discover seemingly insignificant issues before they create an expensive meltdown.
  4. Put in new air filters often. Read manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A clogged filter can result in your system short cycling, or switch on and off too often, and raise your electricity
  5. expenses.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of homes in the U.S. don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates need 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork inspected. Ductwork that has loosened over the years can let conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in big comfort issues in your house, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep hot air where it should be by sealing cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more conditioned air indoors.

Save More Energy During Warm Weather with HCE Systems Inc

If you want to conserve more energy during warm weather, our HCE Systems Inc pros can provide assistance. Reach us at 276-302-0076 or contact us online for additional info about our energy-saving cooling products.