Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

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

But what is the right temperature, exactly? We go over ideas from energy professionals so you can find the best setting for your family.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most people find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a huge difference between your inside and outside warmth, your cooling costs will be bigger.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that appears hot, there are ways you can keep your residence 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 made to give extra insulation and improved energy savings.

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 because they freshen through a windchill effect. As they cool people, not areas, turn them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still appears too warm initially, try conducting a test for approximately a week. Begin by upping your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, progressively decrease it while using the suggestions above. You could be surprised at how comfortable you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no reason to keep the AC going all day while your house is unoccupied. Switching 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 put your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your home more rapidly. This isn’t productive and usually results in a bigger cooling expense.

A programmable thermostat is a useful approach to keep your temp under control, but you need to set programs. If you don’t set programs, you might forget to raise the set temperature when you go.

If you want a convenient solution, consider buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your house and when you’re out. Then it instinctively adjusts temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? Typically $180 each year 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 advises 82 degrees, that may be unpleasant for many families. Many people sleep better when their sleeping space is chilly, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation advises 60–67 degrees. But that could be too chilly, depending on your PJ and blanket preference.

We recommend using a comparable test over a week, putting your temp 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 option than running the AC.

More Approaches to Conserve Energy This Summer

There are extra methods you can conserve money on cooling bills throughout hot weather.

  1. Upgrade to 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 cooler while keeping AC
  2. bills down.
  3. Book yearly AC maintenance. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your system running properly and could help it run more efficiently. It can also help lengthen its life expectancy, since it enables pros to pinpoint small problems before they create a big meltdown.
  4. Put in new air filters often. Read manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A dusty filter can lead to your system short cycling, or switch on and off too much, and drive up your electricity
  5. expenses.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Almost 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 require 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork inspected. Ductwork that has come apart over time can leak conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in huge comfort problems in your home, such as hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep muggy air where it should be by plugging cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more conditioned air inside.

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

If you are looking to use less energy during warm weather, our West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services pros can assist you. Get in touch with us at (616) 669-3961 or contact us online for additional details about our energy-conserving cooling options.

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