Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

June 04, 2020

You shouldn’t have to compromise on comfort or spend a lot to keep your residence at a refreshing temp during warm days.

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

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most households find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a huge difference between your inside and exterior warmth, your cooling bills will be greater.

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 methods you can keep your house refreshing without having the air conditioner going constantly.

Keeping windows and blinds shut during the day keeps cold air where it needs to be—within your home. Some window coverings, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to give added insulation and better energy savings.

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can raise thermostat settings about 4 degrees higher without giving up comfort. That’s because they refresh with a windchill effect. As they cool people, not spaces, switch them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still appears too warm initially, try doing a trial for approximately a week. Start by raising your setting to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, steadily turn it down while adhering to the tips 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 AC going all day while your home is empty. Switching the temp 7¬¬–10 degrees hotter can save you as much as 5–15% on your electrical expenses, according to the DOE.

When you come home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat below 78 to cool your home more rapidly. This isn’t effective and often leads to a higher cooling expense.

A programmable thermostat is a useful approach to keep your temperature in check, but it requires setting programs. If you don’t set programs, you run the risk of forgetting to increase the set temperature when you take off.

If you need a hassle-free resolution, consider getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your house and when you’re gone. Then it automatically modifies temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? Typically $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another perk of getting a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to keep an eye on and adjust temperature settings from nearly anywhere.

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

We suggest using a similar test over a week, moving your temp higher and progressively decreasing it to pick the ideal temp for your residence. On pleasant nights, you could discover keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a preferable idea than operating the air conditioning.

More Ways to Save Energy This Summer

There are extra approaches you can spend less money on cooling bills throughout hot weather.

  1. Upgrade to an energy-efficient AC system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they become older. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your house comfier while keeping utility
  2. bills small.
  3. Book annual AC tune-ups. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment running smoothly and might help it run at greater efficiency. It could also help lengthen its life cycle, since it allows pros to uncover little issues before they lead to a big meltdown.
  4. Put in new air filters regularly. Use manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A clogged filter can lead to your system short cycling, or switch on and off too frequently, and raise your electricity
  5. costs.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of houses in the USA 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 examined. Ductwork that has separated over time can let cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to big comfort issues in your house, such as hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep humid air where it belongs by closing openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more cool air within your home.

Use Less Energy This Summer with Gordon Air Conditioning

If you want to save more energy during hot weather, our Gordon Air Conditioning professionals can provide assistance. Get in touch with us at 850-250-0335 or contact us online for more information about our energy-saving cooling solutions.