Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

June 04, 2020

You shouldn’t have to sacrifice comfort or drain your wallet to keep your home at a pleasant temperature during summer weather.

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

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a huge difference between your inside and outside temperatures, your AC expenses will be greater.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that seems hot, there are ways you can keep your residence cool without having the air conditioning on all the time.

Keeping windows and curtains down during the day keeps cool air where it should be—inside. Some window treatments, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to deliver more insulation and improved energy savings.

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

If 78 degrees still appears too warm initially, try conducting an experiment for about a week. Get started by upping your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, progressively decrease it while following the suggestions above. You could be amazed at how refreshed you feel at a hotter temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no reason to keep the AC on all day while your house is vacant. Turning the setting 7¬¬–10 degrees warmer can save you anywhere from 5–15% on your AC bills, according to the DOE.

When you come home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat under 78 to cool your home more rapidly. This isn’t effective and typically produces a bigger electricity bills.

A programmable thermostat is a useful method to keep your temperature in check, but you have to set programs. If you don’t use programs, you might forget to move the set temperature when you go.

If you need a convenient solution, consider getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your residence and when you’re away. Then it automatically modifies temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? Usually $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

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

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR suggests 82 degrees, that could be unbearable for most families. Many people sleep better when their bedroom is cold, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation suggests 60–67 degrees. But that may be too cool, due to your pajama and blanket preference.

We advise running a similar test over a week, moving your temperature higher and progressively lowering it to find the ideal temperature for your house. On pleasant nights, you may find keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a superior option than operating the AC.

More Ways to Conserve Energy During Hot Weather

There are extra methods you can save money on cooling bills throughout hot weather.

  1. Get an energy-efficient AC system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they become older. An updated air conditioner can keep your house cooler while keeping AC
  2. costs small.
  3. Schedule annual air conditioner service. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment operating properly and might help it run at greater efficiency. It may also help lengthen its life expectancy, since it helps pros to find little problems before they cause a major meltdown.
  4. Put in new air filters frequently. Follow manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A dirty filter can cause your system to short cycle, or switch on and off too much, and raise your cooling
  5. expenses.
  6. Check attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of homes in the United States don’t have enough insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates should have 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork examined. Ductwork that has loosened over time can leak conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to huge comfort problems in your house, such as hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep humid air in its place by plugging openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more conditioned air within your home.

Conserve More Energy During Warm Weather with SchagrinGAS Company

If you want to use less energy this summer, our SchagrinGAS Company experts can assist you. Get in touch with us at 302-231-1380 or contact us online for more details about our energy-efficient cooling products.