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 pleasant setting during muggy weather.

But what is the right temperature, exactly? We go over advice from energy experts so you can select the best temperature for your loved ones.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most households find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a huge difference between your indoor and outside temperatures, your electricity expenses 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 sounds hot, there are ways you can keep your residence cool without having the AC running constantly.

Keeping windows and blinds shut during the day keeps cool air where it should be—indoors. Some window treatments, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to offer extra insulation and enhanced energy conservation.

If you have ceiling fans in your home, the DOE says you can increase thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees hotter without sacrificing comfort. That’s since they freshen with a windchill effect. Because they cool people, not rooms, switch them off when you leave a room.

If 78 degrees still appears too uncomfortable initially, try doing a test for approximately a week. Get started by increasing your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, progressively lower it while following the advice above. You may be astonished at how refreshed you feel at a warmer temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no reason to keep the AC working all day while your residence is empty. Turning the temp 7¬¬–10 degrees hotter can save you anywhere from 5–15% on your electricity bills, according to the DOE.

When you arrive home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat under 78 to cool your home more rapidly. This isn’t effective and usually results in a higher cooling bills.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful method to keep your temp controlled, but it requires setting programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you risk forgetting to increase the set temperature when you go.

If you want a handy resolution, think over getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at your house and when you’re away. Then it intuitively modifies temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? Usually $180 annually 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 adjust temperature settings from almost anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR advises 82 degrees, that could be unbearable for many families. The majority of people sleep better when their sleeping area is cold, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation advises 60–67 degrees. But that might be too chilly, due to your clothing and blanket preference.

We suggest trying a similar test over a week, moving your temp higher and gradually turning it down to find the right setting for your family. On pleasant nights, you may find keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a preferable idea than using the air conditioner.

More Ways to Save Energy This Summer

There are extra methods you can conserve money on energy bills throughout the summer.

  1. Upgrade to an energy-efficient AC system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they age. An updated air conditioner can keep your house more comfortable while keeping energy
  2. costs low.
  3. Schedule regular air conditioning service. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment running like it should and could help it work at better efficiency. It can also help extend its life span, since it helps professionals to spot little troubles before they cause an expensive meltdown.
  4. Replace air filters regularly. Follow manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A clogged filter can cause your system to short cycle, or turn on and off too frequently, and raise your electricity
  5. expenses.
  6. Check attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of homes in the U.S. don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates should have 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates need 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork inspected. Ductwork that has loosened over the years can let cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create huge comfort issues in your home, such as hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep muggy air in its place by sealing cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more cold air inside.

Conserve More Energy During Hot Weather with Lanz Furnace and Fireplace

If you need to conserve more energy this summer, our Lanz Furnace and Fireplace professionals can provide assistance. Reach us at 608-291-3606 or contact us online for more details about our energy-conserving cooling solutions.