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Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t be forced to give up comfort or drain your wallet to keep your home at the right temperature during hot days.

But what is the best temp, exactly? We go over recommendations from energy professionals so you can choose the best temp for your house.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most households find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a sizeable difference between your inside and outside warmth, your electrical bills will be higher.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that seems hot, there are approaches you can keep your house cool without having the AC running all the time.

Keeping windows and window treatments down during the day keeps chilled air where it needs to be—within your home. Some window treatments, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to deliver more insulation and enhanced energy savings.

If you have ceiling fans in your home, the DOE says you can raise thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees higher without giving up comfort. That’s due to the fact they cool by a windchill effect. Because they cool people, not rooms, shut them off when you leave a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too hot initially, try running a trial for approximately a week. Start by raising your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, steadily lower it while using the tips above. You might be shocked at how refreshed you feel at a hotter temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the air conditioner going all day while your house is vacant. Moving the temperature 7¬¬–10 degrees higher can save you as much as 5–15% on your electricity bills, according to the DOE.

When you arrive home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your home faster. This isn’t useful and often leads to a bigger electrical expense.

A programmable thermostat is a good method to keep your settings controlled, but you need to set programs. If you don’t use programs, you run the risk of forgetting to move the set temperature when you leave.

If you’re looking for a handy remedy, think over installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at home and when you’re out. Then it instinctively adjusts temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? Usually $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

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

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR suggests 82 degrees, that might be unbearable for the majority of families. Many people sleep better when their sleeping space is chilled, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation advises 60–67 degrees. But that might be too cold, depending on your clothing and blanket preference.

We recommend trying a similar test over a week, putting your temp higher and progressively lowering it to locate the right temp for your family. On cool nights, you might learn keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a preferable option than operating the air conditioner.

More Approaches to Conserve Energy During Warm Weather

There are additional methods you can conserve money on AC bills throughout hot weather.

  1. Buy an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only are effective for 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. bills small.
  3. Set yearly air conditioning maintenance. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment working like it should and could help it run more efficiently. It might also help extend its life span, since it allows pros to discover little troubles before they create an expensive meltdown.
  4. Change air filters often. Use manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A clogged filter can lead to your system short cycling, or run too often, and increase your electrical
  5. expenses.
  6. Measure attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of houses in the USA don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. The majority of southern climates should have 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork examined. Ductwork that has loosened over time can let cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create major comfort problems in your residence, such as hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep muggy air in its place by sealing holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more cool air indoors.

Save More Energy During Warm Weather with James Heating & A/C, Inc

If you want to conserve more energy during warm weather, our James Heating & A/C, Inc specialists can help. Get in touch with us at 336-853-6070 or contact us online for more info about our energy-efficient cooling options.

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