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 home at a refreshing setting during hot days.

But what is the right temperature, exactly? We go over advice from energy professionals so you can choose the best setting for your residence.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a huge difference between your interior and exterior temps, your cooling expenses 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 ways you can keep your residence cool without having the air conditioner on all the time.

Keeping windows and blinds closed during the day keeps chilled air where it needs to be—indoors. Some window solutions, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to offer extra insulation and enhanced energy efficiency.

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

If 78 degrees still appears too hot on the surface, try conducting a test for approximately a week. Get started by raising your setting to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, gradually turn it down while adhering to the ideas above. You might be amazed at how comfortable you feel at a hotter temperature setting.

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

When you come home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat under 78 to cool your house more quickly. This isn’t effective and typically produces a bigger electrical cost.

A programmable thermostat is a useful way to keep your temperature controlled, but you need to set programs. If you don’t set programs, you run the risk of forgetting to move the set temperature when you leave.

If you need a hassle-free solution, think about getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at your house and when you’re away. Then it intuitively modifies temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? About $180 yearly 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 recommends 82 degrees, that may be unbearable for the majority of families. Most people sleep better when their sleeping area is cold, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation suggests 60–67 degrees. But that could be too cold, due to your PJ and blanket preference.

We suggest following a comparable test over a week, moving your temp higher and steadily turning it down to find the right setting for your residence. On cool nights, you could find keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a better solution than using the AC.

More Ways to Save Energy This Summer

There are added methods you can conserve money on AC bills throughout warm weather.

  1. Upgrade to an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they become older. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your house more comfortable while keeping energy
  2. expenses low.
  3. Set yearly air conditioning tune-ups. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment operating properly and might help it work at greater efficiency. It can also help prolong its life span, since it allows professionals to discover little problems before they create a major meltdown.
  4. Switch air filters frequently. Follow manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A dirty filter can result in your system short cycling, or turn on and off too often, and increase your cooling
  5. costs.
  6. Measure attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of homes in the USA don’t have enough insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. The majority of southern climates need 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates need 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has loosened over time can leak cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create major comfort problems in your residence, such as hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep muggy air where it should be by plugging openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more cold air indoors.

Use Less Energy This Summer with LTS Plumbing & Heating Inc.

If you want to save more energy during warm weather, our LTS Plumbing & Heating Inc. experts can help. Give us a call at 570-648-0748 or contact us online for more details about our energy-saving cooling solutions.