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Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t have to compromise on comfort or empty your wallet to keep your house at the right temp during muggy weather.

But what is the best setting, exactly? We review ideas from energy pros so you can find the best temp for your family.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most people find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a sizeable difference between your inside and exterior warmth, your utility expenses 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 appears warm, there are approaches you can keep your home refreshing without having the air conditioning on constantly.

Keeping windows and blinds down during the day keeps cold air where it belongs—inside. Some window solutions, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to provide extra insulation and enhanced energy conservation.

If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can raise thermostat settings about 4 degrees hotter without sacrificing comfort. That’s since they freshen with a windchill effect. Because they cool people, not spaces, shut them off when you move from a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too warm on the surface, try running a trial for approximately a week. Get started by raising your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, gradually decrease it while adhering to the ideas above. You may be shocked at how cool you feel at a higher temperature setting.

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

When you come home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your home faster. This isn’t effective and often results in a more expensive cooling bills.

A programmable thermostat is a good method to keep your temperature in check, but you need to set programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you run the risk of forgetting to raise the set temperature when you take off.

If you’re looking for a convenient remedy, think about buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at your house and when you’re gone. Then it intuitively modifies temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? Usually $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another advantage of having a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to monitor 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 chilly, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation advises 60–67 degrees. But that could be too chilly, based on your PJ and blanket preference.

We recommend running a similar test over a week, moving your thermostat higher and steadily lowering it to choose the ideal temp for your residence. On mild nights, you could discover keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a better idea than running the air conditioning.

More Ways to Use Less Energy During Hot Weather

There are additional approaches you can save money on cooling bills throughout warm weather.

  1. Buy an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they get older. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your house more comfortable while keeping energy
  2. bills low.
  3. Schedule annual air conditioner service. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your system running smoothly and may help it work at greater efficiency. It might also help lengthen its life span, since it enables pros to pinpoint seemingly insignificant issues before they cause a big meltdown.
  4. Switch air filters regularly. Read manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A dirty filter can cause your system to short cycle, or switch on and off too frequently, and raise your electrical
  5. costs.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of houses in the USA don’t have proper 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 separated over time can leak conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to big comfort issues in your house, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep hot air in its place by sealing openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more conditioned air indoors.

Use Less Energy During Warm Weather with PWA Heating & Cooling Inc

If you want to save more energy during warm weather, our PWA Heating & Cooling Inc professionals can provide assistance. Give us a call at 815-410-1231 or contact us online for additional information about our energy-efficient cooling products.

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