Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

June 04, 2020

You shouldn’t be forced to compromise on comfort or drain your wallet to keep your residence at a pleasant temperature during hot days.

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

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most people find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a big difference between your interior and outdoor temperatures, your utility costs 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 appears hot, there are ways you can keep your home refreshing without having the air conditioning on constantly.

Keeping windows and window treatments down during the day keeps chilled air where it should be—inside. Some window coverings, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to give more insulation and better energy conservation.

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

If 78 degrees still feels too warm at first glance, try running a trial for approximately a week. Begin by upping your setting to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, steadily turn it down while following the suggestions above. You could be amazed at how comfortable you feel at a hotter temperature setting.

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

When you arrive home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat below 78 to cool your residence more rapidly. This isn’t effective and typically produces a bigger electricity expense.

A programmable thermostat is a good method to keep your temp under control, but you have to set programs. If you don’t use programs, you run the risk of forgetting to increase the set temperature when you go.

If you want a handy fix, think over installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your house and when you’re away. 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 benefit of having a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to monitor and change temperature settings from just about anywhere.

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

We advise using a comparable test over a week, moving your thermostat higher and progressively decreasing it to locate the right temp for your house. On mild nights, you may find keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a preferable idea than operating the AC.

More Approaches to Save Energy During Warm Weather

There are additional ways you can conserve money on air conditioning bills throughout warm weather.

  1. Install an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they age. An updated air conditioner can keep your residence more comfortable while keeping AC
  2. bills low.
  3. Book regular AC maintenance. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your system operating smoothly and might help it operate at greater efficiency. It might also help prolong its life expectancy, since it enables professionals to discover seemingly insignificant troubles before they create an expensive meltdown.
  4. Change air filters regularly. Read manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A clogged filter can lead to your system short cycling, or switch on and off too much, and increase your cooling
  5. costs.
  6. Measure attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of homes in the U.S. don’t have adequate insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. The majority of southern climates need 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork examined. Ductwork that has come apart over time can leak cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in big comfort problems in your home, like hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep muggy air where it belongs by closing holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more cool air inside.

Conserve More Energy During Warm Weather with All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc

If you want to save more energy during warm weather, our All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc specialists can provide assistance. Reach us at 256-801-4701 or contact us online for extra information about our energy-saving cooling solutions.