Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

June 04, 2020

You shouldn’t be forced to sacrifice comfort or drain your wallet to keep your home at a refreshing setting during the summer.

But what is the right setting, exactly? We go over advice from energy experts so you can select the best temp for your family.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most people find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a major difference between your indoor and outdoor temps, your utility bills will be higher.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that sounds too high, there are approaches you can keep your house refreshing without having the air conditioning on constantly.

Keeping windows and window treatments closed during the day keeps cool air where it needs to be—indoors. Some window treatments, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to offer extra insulation and better energy conservation.

If you have ceiling fans in your home, the DOE says you can increase thermostat settings about 4 degrees warmer without sacrificing comfort. That’s because they refresh by a windchill effect. Because they cool people, not rooms, switch them off when you move from a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too hot initially, try running a trial for approximately a week. Start by upping your setting to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, progressively turn it down while using the ideas above. You may be astonished at how comfortable you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no reason to keep the AC on all day while your residence is vacant. Switching the temperature 7¬¬–10 degrees higher can save you anywhere from 5–15% on your electricity expenses, according to the DOE.

When you arrive home, don’t be tempted to set your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your home more rapidly. This isn’t useful and typically leads to a more expensive electrical bills.

A programmable thermostat is a useful method to keep your temp under control, but you need to set programs. If you don’t set programs, you might forget to raise the set temperature when you go.

If you’re looking for a hassle-free fix, think over installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at your residence and when you’re gone. Then it intuitively modifies temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? Typically $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another perk of installing a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to watch and regulate temperature settings from almost anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR suggests 82 degrees, that may be too uncomfortable for the majority of families. The majority of people sleep better when their bedroom is chilled, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation advises 60–67 degrees. But that might be too chilly, due to your pajama and blanket preference.

We suggest trying an equivalent test over a week, setting your temperature higher and progressively lowering it to pick the right temp for your residence. On mild nights, you may find keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a superior idea than running the AC.

More Methods to Conserve Energy This Summer

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

  1. Install an energy-efficient AC 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 home more comfortable while keeping cooling
  2. expenses down.
  3. Schedule annual air conditioner tune-ups. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your system operating smoothly and could help it operate more efficiently. It might also help lengthen its life span, since it allows technicians to pinpoint little issues before they create a major meltdown.
  4. Put in new air filters regularly. Use manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A dusty filter can lead to your system short cycling, or switch on and off too frequently, and raise your cooling
  5. costs.
  6. Check attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of houses in the United States 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 examined. Ductwork that has come apart over the years can let cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in big comfort issues in your residence, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep muggy air in its place by plugging holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more conditioned air inside.

Conserve More Energy This Summer with Central Heating & Plumbing

If you need to save more energy this summer, our Central Heating & Plumbing specialists can help. Get in touch with us at 724-401-1843 or contact us online for extra details about our energy-efficient cooling solutions.