Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

June 04, 2020

You shouldn’t need to sacrifice comfort or spend a lot to keep your home at a pleasant temperature during summer weather.

But what is the best temp, exactly? We discuss recommendations from energy pros so you can find the best temperature for your family.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a sizeable difference between your indoor and outdoor warmth, your electrical expenses will be greater.

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 methods you can keep your residence cool without having the air conditioner on all the time.

Keeping windows and window treatments closed during the day keeps chilled air where it belongs—inside. Some window solutions, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to give extra insulation and improved energy conservation.

If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can raise thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees higher without giving up comfort. That’s since they cool with a windchill effect. As they cool people, not rooms, switch them off when you leave a room.

If 78 degrees still seems too warm on the surface, try conducting a test for about a week. Begin by increasing your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, gradually turn it down while following the advice above. You might be astonished at how cool 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 home is vacant. Switching the temperature 7¬¬–10 degrees hotter can save you an estimated 5–15% on your electricity bills, according to the DOE.

When you come home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your home more rapidly. This isn’t productive and usually leads to a bigger electrical expense.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful way to keep your temp under control, but you need to set programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you risk forgetting to increase the set temperature when you take off.

If you’re looking for a hassle-free remedy, think over getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your residence and when you’re out. Then it instinctively adjusts temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? Usually $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another plus of getting a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to keep an eye on and regulate temperature settings from almost 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 bedroom is chilled, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation suggests 60–67 degrees. But that might be too cool, due to your pajama and blanket preference.

We recommend following an equivalent test over a week, putting your thermostat higher and steadily decreasing it to choose the right temp for your family. On pleasant nights, you could find keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a superior solution than running the air conditioning.

More Approaches to Save Energy During Hot Weather

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

  1. Install an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they become older. A new air conditioner can keep your home cooler while keeping cooling
  2. expenses down.
  3. Book annual AC maintenance. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment running like it should and might help it operate more efficiently. It might also help lengthen its life expectancy, since it allows pros to pinpoint seemingly insignificant problems before they cause a major meltdown.
  4. Switch air filters regularly. Use manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A dusty filter can lead to your system short cycling, or run too often, and raise your cooling
  5. expenses.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of houses in the U.S. don’t have adequate 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 time can seep cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in major comfort issues in your house, such as hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep hot air in its place by plugging openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more cool air within your home.

Use Less Energy This Summer with Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning

If you want to save more energy during warm weather, our Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning experts can provide assistance. Give us a call at 204-272-8128 or contact us online for additional details about our energy-saving cooling solutions.