Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

June 04, 2020

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

But what is the ideal temp, exactly? We review ideas from energy professionals so you can find the best temp for your house.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most people find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a major difference between your inside and outside warmth, your cooling costs will be higher.

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

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

Keeping windows and blinds shut during the day keeps cold air where it should be—indoors. Some window solutions, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to give added insulation and better energy conservation.

If you have ceiling fans in your home, the DOE says you can move thermostat temps about 4 degrees warmer without compromising comfort. That’s since they refresh with a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not rooms, switch them off when you leave a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too warm initially, try running a test for about a week. Get started by raising your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, progressively lower it while following the advice above. You might be surprised at how refreshed you feel at a higher temperature setting.

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

When you come home, don’t be tempted to set your thermostat under 78 to cool your house more quickly. This isn’t useful and often produces a bigger electrical expense.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful approach to keep your temp under control, but you need to set programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you run the risk of forgetting to raise the set temperature when you go.

If you want a hassle-free solution, think about getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at your house and when you’re out. Then it automatically changes temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? About $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another advantage of having a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to monitor and change temperature settings from nearly anywhere.

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

We advise trying a comparable test over a week, moving your temperature higher and gradually lowering it to pick the best setting for your residence. On mild nights, you could discover keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a superior option than using the AC.

More Methods to Save Energy During Hot Weather

There are added methods you can save money on air conditioning bills throughout the summer.

  1. Buy an energy-efficient AC system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they become older. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your residence cooler while keeping energy
  2. costs small.
  3. Schedule yearly air conditioner maintenance. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit working like it should and might help it run at better efficiency. It might also help extend its life cycle, since it allows technicians to uncover small troubles before they create an expensive meltdown.
  4. Change air filters frequently. Read manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A clogged filter can result in your system short cycling, or switch on and off too much, and increase your energy
  5. expenses.
  6. Check attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of residences in the USA don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. The majority of southern climates need 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates need 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has come apart over time can seep cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in huge comfort issues in your residence, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep muggy air in its place by closing holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more cold air indoors.

Conserve More Energy During Warm Weather with Colvin's Heating and Cooling

If you are looking to save more energy during hot weather, our Colvin's Heating and Cooling professionals can help. Give us a call at 816-379-3918 or contact us online for additional info about our energy-conserving cooling options.