Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

June 04, 2020

You shouldn’t need to sacrifice comfort or empty your wallet to keep your home at a pleasant setting during muggy weather.

But what is the ideal temp, exactly? We review suggestions from energy specialists so you can choose the best setting for your house.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most people find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a sizeable difference between your inside and exterior warmth, your cooling 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 warm, there are methods you can keep your house pleasant without having the air conditioner running frequently.

Keeping windows and window treatments down during the day keeps cold air where it belongs—within your home. Some window solutions, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to give more insulation and better energy savings.

If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can increase thermostat settings about 4 degrees warmer without compromising comfort. That’s since they refresh with a windchill effect. Because they cool people, not areas, shut them off when you leave a room.

If 78 degrees still appears too uncomfortable at first glance, try running a test for a week or so. Begin by increasing your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, progressively turn it down while adhering to the advice above. You might be shocked at how comfortable you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no reason to keep the air conditioning on all day while your house is vacant. Moving the temp 7¬¬–10 degrees warmer can save you anywhere from 5–15% on your cooling expenses, according to the DOE.

When you arrive home, don’t be tempted to set your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your residence more quickly. This isn’t effective and typically produces a bigger electricity bills.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful approach to keep your settings under control, but you need to set programs. If you don’t use programs, you risk forgetting to increase the set temperature when you leave.

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

Another benefit of having a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to watch and change temperature settings from just about anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR advises 82 degrees, that could be unbearable for the majority of families. Many people sleep better when their bedroom is chilled, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation suggests 60–67 degrees. But that may be too cool, depending on your PJ and blanket preference.

We recommend using an equivalent test over a week, setting your temperature higher and progressively turning it down to pick the ideal setting for your house. On pleasant nights, you could find keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a superior idea than operating the AC.

More Ways to Conserve Energy During Warm Weather

There are additional methods you can save money on AC 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 get older. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your house comfier while keeping cooling
  2. costs small.
  3. Schedule annual AC tune-ups. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment working properly and could help it run at greater efficiency. It might also help extend its life span, since it enables techs to discover small troubles before they lead to a big meltdown.
  4. Switch air filters often. Use manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A clogged filter can cause your system to short cycle, or turn on and off too often, and drive up your electricity
  5. expenses.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of houses in the USA don’t have adequate 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 checked. Ductwork that has come apart as it’s aged can leak cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to major comfort problems in your home, such as hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep warm air in its place by sealing openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more cool air indoors.

Use Less Energy This Summer with Bon Air Service Company

If you want to use less energy this summer, our Bon Air Service Company pros can assist you. Give us a call at 972-332-1028 or contact us online for more info about our energy-efficient cooling solutions.