Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

June 04, 2020

You shouldn’t need to compromise on comfort or drain your wallet to keep your home at a pleasant setting during the summer.

But what is the right temperature, exactly? We discuss recommendations from energy experts so you can choose the best setting for your loved ones.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most people find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a sizeable difference between your interior and exterior warmth, your electricity costs will be larger.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that seems too high, there are ways you can keep your residence cool without having the AC running all the time.

Keeping windows and curtains shut during the day keeps cold air where it belongs—within your home. Some window solutions, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to give added insulation and better energy conservation.

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can move thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees warmer without giving up comfort. That’s due to the fact they refresh through a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not rooms, shut them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still appears too hot on the surface, try running a trial for approximately a week. Begin by upping your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, steadily lower it while adhering to the ideas above. You could be astonished at how refreshed you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the AC running all day while your residence is vacant. Moving the temperature 7¬¬–10 degrees hotter can save you anywhere from 5–15% on your air conditioning bills, according to the DOE.

When you come home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your residence faster. This isn’t productive and usually results in a bigger AC cost.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful method to keep your settings under control, but you have to set programs. If you don’t set programs, you might forget to raise the set temperature when you take off.

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

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

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR suggests 82 degrees, that could be unpleasant for most families. Most people sleep better when their sleeping space is chilly, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation advises 60–67 degrees. But that may be too chilly, due to your PJ and blanket preference.

We recommend following an equivalent test over a week, moving your thermostat higher and progressively decreasing it to select the best temperature for your family. On cool nights, you might discover keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a better idea than operating the air conditioning.

More Ways to Save Energy This Summer

There are added ways you can save money on utility bills throughout warm weather.

  1. Upgrade to an energy-efficient air conditioning 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. Schedule yearly AC maintenance. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment working like it should and might help it work at greater efficiency. It may also help prolong its life span, since it helps techs to discover small issues before they create a major meltdown.
  4. Replace air filters often. Read manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A clogged filter can lead to your system short cycling, or run too much, and drive up your energy
  5. bills.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of residences in the U.S. don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. The majority of southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has come apart over time can let conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create huge comfort problems in your home, like hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep hot air where it belongs by sealing holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more cold air indoors.

Use Less Energy During Hot Weather with Central Air LLC

If you are looking to save more energy during warm weather, our Central Air LLC professionals can help. Get in touch with us at 203-357-5913 or contact us online for more details about our energy-conserving cooling solutions.