Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

June 04, 2020

You shouldn’t need to give up comfort or drain your wallet to keep your home at the right temperature during summer weather.

But what is the ideal setting, exactly? We go over ideas from energy specialists so you can choose the best setting for your residence.

Here’s what we advise for the most energy-efficient setting for air conditioning in Boynton Beach.

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most households find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a huge difference between your indoor and outside temps, your cooling costs will be larger.

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

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

Keeping windows and window treatments down during the day keeps cold air where it needs to be—inside. Some window coverings, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to offer extra insulation and better energy savings.

If you have ceiling fans in your home, the DOE says you can raise thermostat settings about 4 degrees warmer without compromising comfort. That’s due to the fact they freshen through a windchill effect. Because they cool people, not rooms, shut them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too warm initially, try running a test for approximately a week. Start by raising your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, progressively decrease it while adhering to the tips above. You might be surprised at how comfortable you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the air conditioning running all day while your house is vacant. Moving the setting 7¬¬–10 degrees warmer can save you as much as 5–15% on your AC expenses, according to the DOE.

When you arrive home, don’t be tempted to set your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your home more quickly. This isn’t productive and often results in a more expensive cooling expense.

A programmable thermostat is a good way to keep your settings in check, but you need to set programs. If you don’t use programs, you might forget to change the set temperature when you take off.

If you’re looking for a convenient remedy, think over getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at your residence and when you’re gone. Then it instinctively adjusts temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? About $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another perk of installing a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to monitor and adjust temperature settings from just about anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR advises 82 degrees, that may be too uncomfortable for the majority of 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 could be too cool, based on your clothing and blanket preference.

We advise following a comparable test over a week, putting your temperature higher and progressively turning it down to pinpoint the ideal setting for your family. On pleasant nights, you could learn keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a superior option than operating the air conditioning.

More Ways to Use Less Energy This Summer

There are other approaches you can spend less money on cooling bills throughout hot weather.

  1. Buy an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they get older. An updated air conditioner can keep your home cooler while keeping utility
  2. costs low.
  3. Book annual air conditioning tune-ups. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit running properly and may help it work more efficiently. It might also help extend its life cycle, since it helps pros to spot small problems before they cause an expensive meltdown.
  4. Change air filters often. Read manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A dusty 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 houses in the United States don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. The majority of southern climates need 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork examined. Ductwork that has come apart over the years can leak conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in major comfort troubles in your residence, such as hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep hot air where it should be by plugging holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more conditioned air indoors.

Conserve More Energy During Warm Weather with A2Z Air Inc

If you need to use less energy during hot weather, our A2Z Air Inc specialists can assist you. Get in touch with us at 561-270-6228 or contact us online for extra info about our energy-saving cooling products.