Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

June 04, 2020

You shouldn’t have to sacrifice comfort or drain your wallet to keep your residence at a refreshing temperature during summer weather.

But what is the right temperature, exactly? We go over advice from energy specialists so you can determine the best setting for your home.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most households find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a big difference between your inside and outside temps, your electrical bills will be greater.

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 methods you can keep your residence refreshing without having the air conditioning going constantly.

Keeping windows and blinds shut during the day keeps cool air where it belongs—inside. Some window coverings, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to provide more insulation and better energy savings.

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can move thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees higher without giving up comfort. That’s since they refresh with a windchill effect. Because they cool people, not spaces, switch them off when you move from a room.

If 78 degrees still seems too hot on the surface, try running a trial for about a week. Begin by raising your setting to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, steadily turn it down while following the suggestions above. You may be amazed at how comfortable you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the air conditioner running all day while your residence is empty. Moving the temp 7¬¬–10 degrees warmer can save you an estimated 5–15% on your air conditioning expenses, according to the DOE.

When you get home, don’t be tempted to set your thermostat under 78 to cool your house more quickly. This isn’t productive and typically leads to a more expensive AC expense.

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

If you need a handy resolution, think over getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it knows when you’re at home and when you’re away. Then it instinctively modifies temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? An estimated $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another advantage of using a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to watch and adjust temperature settings from almost anywhere.

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

We recommend following a similar test over a week, moving your temperature higher and steadily decreasing it to locate the right temperature for your residence. On cool nights, you may find keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a better option than running the air conditioner.

More Methods to Save Energy During Warm Weather

There are additional methods you can save money on cooling bills throughout the summer.

  1. Install an energy-efficient AC system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they age. A new air conditioner can keep your home cooler while keeping cooling
  2. costs low.
  3. Book regular air conditioning tune-ups. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment running smoothly and might help it operate more efficiently. It could also help extend its life cycle, since it allows professionals to find seemingly insignificant problems before they create a big meltdown.
  4. Switch air filters regularly. Read manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A clogged filter can cause your system to short cycle, or switch on and off too much, and increase your energy
  5. expenses.
  6. Measure attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of houses in the United States don’t have enough insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. The majority of southern climates should have 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has separated over the years can let cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create major comfort troubles in your house, like hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep hot air in its place by closing cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more cold air inside.

Save More Energy During Hot Weather with West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services

If you want to conserve more energy this summer, our West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services professionals can assist you. Give us a call at (616) 669-3961 or contact us online for additional details about our energy-conserving cooling options.