Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

June 04, 2020

You shouldn’t have to sacrifice comfort or spend a lot to keep your home at a refreshing temp during the summer.

But what is the best temperature, exactly? We discuss ideas from energy experts so you can determine the best setting for your home.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a big difference between your interior and exterior temperatures, your electricity expenses will be larger.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that appears hot, there are ways you can keep your residence refreshing without having the air conditioning going frequently.

Keeping windows and blinds down during the day keeps cold air where it belongs—within your home. Some window coverings, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to deliver extra insulation and better energy conservation.

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can raise thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees higher without giving up comfort. That’s due to the fact they freshen through a windchill effect. As they cool people, not spaces, shut them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still seems too hot on the surface, try doing a test for about a week. Get started by upping your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, gradually turn it down while adhering to the tips above. You could be amazed at how cool you feel at a hotter temperature setting.

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

When you come home, don’t be tempted to set your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your residence more quickly. This isn’t useful and often produces a higher electrical cost.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful way to keep your settings controlled, but it requires setting programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you run the risk of forgetting to increase the set temperature when you go.

If you need a convenient resolution, think about installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at home and when you’re out. Then it intuitively changes temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? About $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

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

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR advises 82 degrees, that may be unpleasant for most families. Most people sleep better when their sleeping area is chilled, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation suggests 60–67 degrees. But that could be too cold, based on your PJ and blanket preference.

We suggest following an equivalent test over a week, moving your thermostat higher and gradually lowering it to choose the ideal temp for your house. On cool nights, you may discover keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a preferable option than using the air conditioner.

More Approaches to Conserve Energy This Summer

There are other ways you can save money on energy bills throughout the summer.

  1. Install an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they get older. An updated air conditioner can keep your home comfier while keeping electricity
  2. bills low.
  3. Set regular AC tune-ups. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment operating smoothly and may help it operate at better efficiency. It may also help extend its life span, since it helps techs to find small problems before they cause an expensive meltdown.
  4. Change air filters often. Use manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A clogged filter can lead to your system short cycling, or turn on and off too often, and raise your cooling
  5. costs.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of residences in the U.S. don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates should have 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has separated over the years can seep conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to huge comfort troubles in your home, such as hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep warm air where it belongs by closing openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more conditioned air indoors.

Conserve More Energy During Hot Weather with Booneville Heating & Cooling LLC

If you need to use less energy this summer, our Booneville Heating & Cooling LLC pros can provide assistance. Get in touch with us at 662-269-8716 or contact us online for more info about our energy-efficient cooling products.