Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

June 04, 2020

You shouldn’t be forced to sacrifice comfort or empty your wallet to keep your house at the right temp during summer weather.

But what is the right setting, exactly? We go over advice from energy professionals so you can determine the best temperature for your home.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most people find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a huge difference between your inside and outside temps, your electrical expenses 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 seems too high, there are ways you can keep your home pleasant without having the air conditioning running constantly.

Keeping windows and window treatments down during the day keeps cold air where it belongs—indoors. Some window solutions, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to provide added insulation and enhanced 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 freshen through a windchill effect. Because they cool people, not rooms, shut them off when you move from a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too warm at first glance, try doing a trial for a week or so. Start by increasing your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, progressively lower it while using the tips above. You may be surprised at how comfortable you feel at a higher temperature setting.

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

When you arrive home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your home more rapidly. This isn’t productive and usually leads to a higher air conditioner expense.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful method to keep your settings in check, but you need to set programs. If you don’t set programs, you risk forgetting to raise the set temperature when you leave.

If you’re looking for a convenient resolution, think about installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at your residence and when you’re away. Then it intuitively changes temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? Usually $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another perk 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 may be unbearable for the majority of families. The majority of people sleep better when their bedroom is cold, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation recommends 60–67 degrees. But that could be too cold, due to your PJ and blanket preference.

We suggest following an equivalent test over a week, setting your temperature higher and gradually turning it down to pick the right temperature for your house. On cool nights, you could find keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a better solution than running the air conditioning.

More Methods to Conserve Energy During Warm Weather

There are other methods you can spend less money on energy bills throughout warm weather.

  1. Upgrade to an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they age. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your home more comfortable while keeping electricity
  2. bills down.
  3. Book yearly air conditioner service. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment working properly and might help it run at greater efficiency. It can also help lengthen its life cycle, since it helps pros to spot seemingly insignificant issues before they lead to a big meltdown.
  4. Put in new air filters often. Follow manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A dusty filter can result in your system short cycling, or switch on and off too often, and increase your utility
  5. costs.
  6. Measure attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of residences in the USA don’t have enough insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most southern climates need 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork inspected. Ductwork that has separated as it’s aged can let cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create big comfort issues in your residence, like hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep hot air where it should be by plugging holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more cold air indoors.

Use Less Energy During Hot Weather with Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning

If you need to use less energy during hot weather, our Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning specialists can assist you. Get in touch with us at 308-624-3485 or contact us online for additional information about our energy-saving cooling products.