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 pleasant temp during hot days.

But what is the right temperature, exactly? We review suggestions from energy professionals so you can determine the best setting for your house.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most households find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a huge difference between your interior and exterior temps, your electricity bills will be greater.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that sounds too high, there are ways you can keep your residence pleasant without having the AC running frequently.

Keeping windows and blinds down during the day keeps chilled air where it needs to be—inside. Some window coverings, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to provide extra insulation and enhanced energy savings.

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

If 78 degrees still seems too hot at first glance, try doing a trial for approximately a week. Begin by raising your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, progressively turn it down while using the advice above. You might be astonished at how cool you feel at a warmer temperature setting.

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

When you arrive home, don’t be tempted to set your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your residence more rapidly. This isn’t productive and typically results in a higher AC expense.

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

If you want a hassle-free resolution, think about buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your house and when you’re away. 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 plus of using a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to watch and change temperature settings from almost anywhere.

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

We suggest running a comparable test over a week, putting your thermostat higher and steadily turning it down to find the best setting for your family. On mild nights, you might discover keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a preferable solution than operating the air conditioning.

More Methods to Save Energy During Warm Weather

There are extra approaches you can spend less money on cooling bills throughout warm 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 age. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your home cooler while keeping energy
  2. expenses low.
  3. Schedule regular AC service. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your system running properly and could help it run at better efficiency. It may also help extend its life expectancy, since it enables professionals to find seemingly insignificant problems before they create a big meltdown.
  4. Switch air filters often. Read manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A dirty filter can lead to your system short cycling, or switch on and off too frequently, and increase your utility
  5. bills.
  6. Measure attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of homes in the United States don’t have adequate insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has come apart as it’s aged can seep cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in major comfort problems in your home, such as hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep muggy air in its place by closing holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more cool air indoors.

Save More Energy This Summer with Kowalski Heating, Cooling & Plumbing

If you need to save more energy this summer, our Kowalski Heating, Cooling & Plumbing specialists can provide assistance. Give us a call at 724-370-0141 or contact us online for more info about our energy-efficient cooling options.