Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

June 04, 2020

You shouldn’t have to give up comfort or spend a lot to keep your residence at the right setting during the summer.

But what is the right temperature, exactly? We discuss recommendations from energy pros so you can find the best temperature for your residence.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a sizeable difference between your interior and outside temperatures, your electricity expenses will be bigger.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that appears too high, there are approaches you can keep your residence pleasant without having the air conditioner running constantly.

Keeping windows and window treatments shut during the day keeps chilled air where it should be—inside. Some window solutions, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to offer more insulation and better energy efficiency.

If you have ceiling fans in your home, the DOE says you can move thermostat temps about 4 degrees higher without giving up comfort. That’s because they refresh through a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not rooms, turn them off when you move from a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too warm on the surface, try running a test for a week or so. Begin by upping your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, progressively decrease it while using the tips above. You might be amazed at how comfortable you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the air conditioning going all day while your house is empty. Switching the temperature 7¬¬–10 degrees hotter can save you as much as 5–15% on your AC expenses, according to the DOE.

When you arrive home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat below 78 to cool your residence more quickly. This isn’t useful and usually leads to a higher cooling bills.

A programmable thermostat is a good way to keep your temp controlled, but you have to set programs. If you don’t set programs, you risk forgetting to move the set temperature when you go.

If you’re looking for a handy fix, consider installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your residence and when you’re away. Then it automatically adjusts temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? An estimated $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another benefit of installing a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to keep an eye on and change temperature settings from almost anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR recommends 82 degrees, that might be unbearable for the majority of families. Many people sleep better when their sleeping space is chilly, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation recommends 60–67 degrees. But that might be too chilly, based on your PJ and blanket preference.

We suggest trying a comparable test over a week, putting your temp higher and gradually decreasing it to locate the best temp for your family. On cool nights, you might discover keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a better solution than using the air conditioner.

More Methods to Use Less Energy During Warm Weather

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

  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. A new air conditioner can keep your house cooler while keeping electrical
  2. bills low.
  3. Set annual air conditioner tune-ups. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit operating properly and could help it run more efficiently. It can also help extend its life cycle, since it allows technicians to pinpoint little problems before they lead to a big meltdown.
  4. Change air filters often. Follow manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A dusty filter can cause your system to short cycle, or run too frequently, and raise your electrical
  5. expenses.
  6. Measure attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of houses in the United States don’t have adequate insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates need 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates need 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork inspected. Ductwork that has separated as it’s aged can leak cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in major comfort issues in your home, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep muggy air where it should be by closing openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more cool air within your home.

Save More Energy During Hot Weather with J & J Air Conditioning

If you want to use less energy during hot weather, our J & J Air Conditioning experts can help. Give us a call at 254-355-3833 or contact us online for more information about our energy-efficient cooling solutions.