Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

June 04, 2020

You shouldn’t be forced to sacrifice comfort or spend a lot to keep your residence at the right temp during warm days.

But what is the best setting, exactly? We go over suggestions from energy professionals so you can select the best temperature for your residence.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most households find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a major difference between your inside and outside temperatures, your electricity bills will be higher.

This is our advice based on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and ENERGY STAR®.

While at home: 78 degrees. While that sounds warm, there are ways you can keep your home refreshing without having the AC running constantly.

Keeping windows and curtains shut during the day keeps cold air where it needs to be—inside. Some window coverings, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to give extra insulation and better energy conservation.

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can raise thermostat settings about 4 degrees higher without compromising comfort. That’s due to the fact they cool by a windchill effect. As they cool people, not rooms, turn them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too hot initially, try doing an experiment for about a week. Get started by upping your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, gradually decrease it while adhering to the advice above. You may be astonished at how refreshed you feel at a warmer temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the AC working all day while your house is vacant. Moving the temp 7¬¬–10 degrees higher can save you an estimated 5–15% on your electrical costs, according to the DOE.

When you arrive home, don’t be tempted to set your thermostat below 78 to cool your residence faster. This isn’t productive and typically produces a bigger cooling bills.

A programmable thermostat is a good approach to keep your temp under control, but it requires setting programs. If you don’t use programs, you might forget to increase the set temperature when you take off.

If you’re looking for a hassle-free remedy, think about getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your residence and when you’re out. Then it instinctively modifies temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? Usually $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another advantage of using a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to keep an eye on and adjust temperature settings from just about anywhere.

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

We advise using a comparable test over a week, setting your thermostat higher and progressively turning it down to find the right temp for your residence. On cool nights, you could learn keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a preferable option than operating the air conditioning.

More Approaches to Save Energy During Hot Weather

There are added ways you can conserve money on AC bills throughout the summer.

  1. Upgrade to an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they get older. An updated air conditioner can keep your home cooler while keeping electrical
  2. bills low.
  3. Book yearly AC service. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment working like it should and might help it run at better efficiency. It may also help lengthen its life cycle, since it allows pros to uncover little issues before they lead to a big meltdown.
  4. Replace air filters frequently. Use manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A dusty filter can result in your system short cycling, or switch on and off too frequently, and increase your energy
  5. costs.
  6. Measure attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of houses in the United States don’t have enough insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates need 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has loosened over the years can leak cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in huge comfort troubles in your residence, such as hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep humid air in its place by sealing holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more conditioned air inside.

Conserve More Energy This Summer with Cool Power LLC

If you need to save more energy during hot weather, our Cool Power LLC pros can help. Give us a call at 631-246-4029 or contact us online for extra info about our energy-efficient cooling solutions.