Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

June 04, 2020

You shouldn’t be forced to give up comfort or empty your wallet to keep your home at a pleasant temp during summer weather.

But what is the right temperature, exactly? We review ideas from energy experts so you can find the best temperature for your family.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most households find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a sizeable difference between your interior and exterior warmth, your AC expenses will be greater.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that appears too high, there are approaches you can keep your residence cool without having the air conditioner on constantly.

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

If you have ceiling fans in your home, the DOE says you can increase thermostat temps about 4 degrees higher without sacrificing comfort. That’s due to the fact they freshen through a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not areas, shut them off when you leave a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too uncomfortable on the surface, try doing an experiment for a week or so. Get started by raising your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, gradually turn it down while following the ideas above. You could be astonished at how comfortable you feel at a higher temperature setting.

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

When you get home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat below 78 to cool your residence faster. This isn’t useful and usually leads to a more expensive electrical cost.

A programmable thermostat is a useful method to keep your settings in check, but you need to set programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you might forget to move the set temperature when you go.

If you’re looking for a handy resolution, consider buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your residence and when you’re out. Then it intuitively changes temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? Typically $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another benefit of installing a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to watch and change temperature settings from nearly anywhere.

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

We suggest using a similar test over a week, moving your thermostat higher and progressively decreasing it to locate the ideal setting for your family. On cool nights, you may learn keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a superior idea than running the AC.

More Approaches to Use Less Energy During Hot Weather

There are extra approaches you can save money on utility bills throughout warm weather.

  1. Upgrade to an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they get older. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your residence cooler while keeping energy
  2. expenses low.
  3. Set regular air conditioning service. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit operating properly and may help it work more efficiently. It may also help prolong its life expectancy, since it helps technicians to uncover seemingly insignificant issues before they cause an expensive meltdown.
  4. Put in new air filters often. Follow manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A dusty filter can result in your system short cycling, or run too often, and drive up your cooling
  5. costs.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of homes in the U.S. don’t have adequate insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most southern climates should have 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has come apart over time can seep cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in big comfort problems in your house, like hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep hot air where it should be by plugging cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more cool air within your home.

Save More Energy During Warm Weather with Smyth Air Conditioning Inc

If you are looking to use less energy during hot weather, our Smyth Air Conditioning Inc professionals can assist you. Give us a call at 561-533-6066 or contact us online for additional information about our energy-conserving cooling solutions.