Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t have to compromise on comfort or spend a lot to keep your home at a pleasant setting during summer weather.

But what is the right temperature, exactly? We discuss ideas from energy experts so you can determine the best setting for your residence.

Here’s what we suggest 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 exterior warmth, your electrical costs will be bigger.

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

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

Keeping windows and blinds down during the day keeps cool air where it needs to be—inside. Some window coverings, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to give extra insulation and better energy conservation.

If you have ceiling fans in your home, the DOE says you can move thermostat temps about 4 degrees hotter without sacrificing comfort. That’s because they freshen through a windchill effect. Because they cool people, not rooms, turn them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still appears too uncomfortable initially, try conducting a test for about a week. Get started by increasing your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, steadily turn it down while using the suggestions above. You might be astonished at how comfortable you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no reason to keep the AC working all day while your residence is unoccupied. Moving the temperature 7¬¬–10 degrees higher can save you as much as 5–15% on your air conditioning bills, according to the DOE.

When you come home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat under 78 to cool your home more rapidly. This isn’t productive and often results in a bigger air conditioner cost.

A programmable thermostat is a good method to keep your temp controlled, but you need to set programs. If you don’t set programs, you might forget to move the set temperature when you take off.

If you want a convenient remedy, consider getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your residence and when you’re gone. Then it instinctively adjusts temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? Typically $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another plus of installing a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to keep an eye on and adjust temperature settings from nearly anywhere.

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

We recommend using an equivalent test over a week, putting your temperature higher and steadily turning it down to select the right setting for your residence. On mild nights, you may learn keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a superior idea than running the AC.

More Approaches to Use Less Energy This Summer

There are extra approaches you can conserve money on utility bills throughout warm weather.

  1. Upgrade to an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they get older. An updated air conditioner can keep your residence comfier while keeping electricity
  2. bills down.
  3. Set regular air conditioning maintenance. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your system running properly and could help it run more efficiently. It may also help lengthen its life cycle, since it enables pros to spot small problems before they lead to a big meltdown.
  4. Put in new air filters often. Use manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A clogged filter can result in your system short cycling, or turn on and off too much, and drive up your electricity
  5. costs.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of residences in the United States don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork inspected. Ductwork that has loosened over the years can leak conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in big comfort problems in your home, like hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep warm air where it should be by plugging cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more conditioned air within your home.

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

If you are looking to conserve more energy during warm weather, our West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services pros can assist you. Reach us at (616) 669-3961 or contact us online for extra info about our energy-conserving cooling options.

Back To Blog