Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

June 04, 2020

You shouldn’t need to give up comfort or empty your wallet to keep your home at a refreshing setting during summer weather.

But what is the ideal temp, exactly? We review advice from energy experts so you can select the best setting for your family.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a major difference between your indoor and exterior temps, your electricity costs will be bigger.

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 approaches you can keep your home pleasant without having the AC going frequently.

Keeping windows and window treatments closed during the day keeps cold air where it belongs—inside. Some window treatments, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to provide added insulation and better energy conservation.

If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can move thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees hotter without sacrificing comfort. That’s due to the fact they freshen by a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not rooms, switch them off when you move from a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too uncomfortable at first glance, try running a trial for a week or so. Begin by upping your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, progressively decrease it while following the advice above. You could be astonished at how comfortable you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no reason to keep the air conditioner going all day while your home is vacant. Moving the temp 7¬¬–10 degrees warmer can save you an estimated 5–15% on your air conditioning bills, according to the DOE.

When you get home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat below 78 to cool your home more quickly. This isn’t productive and usually produces a higher AC expense.

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

If you need a hassle-free solution, think over installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your house and when you’re out. Then it intuitively adjusts temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? About $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another perk of getting 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 might be unpleasant for most families. Most people sleep better when their sleeping space is chilled, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation advises 60–67 degrees. But that may be too chilly, due to your clothing and blanket preference.

We suggest following an equivalent test over a week, putting your temp higher and slowly decreasing it to locate the right setting for your family. On pleasant nights, you might learn keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a superior solution than using the air conditioner.

More Approaches to Conserve Energy During Warm Weather

There are other approaches you can spend less money on AC bills throughout the summer.

  1. Get an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they become older. An updated air conditioner can keep your residence comfier while keeping cooling
  2. costs small.
  3. Schedule regular air conditioner service. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment running properly and could help it operate at greater efficiency. It can also help prolong its life expectancy, since it allows technicians to discover seemingly insignificant troubles before they create a major meltdown.
  4. Switch air filters frequently. Read manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A clogged filter can lead to your system short cycling, or switch on and off too frequently, and increase your utility
  5. bills.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Almost 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 require 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork inspected. Ductwork that has come apart as it’s aged can let conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in huge comfort troubles in your house, such as hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep humid air in its place by sealing openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more cool air inside.

Conserve More Energy During Hot Weather with Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning

If you are looking to save more energy this summer, our Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning experts can help. Reach us at 800-COOLING or contact us online for additional information about our energy-efficient cooling solutions.