Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

June 04, 2020

You shouldn’t have to sacrifice comfort or drain your wallet to keep your house at the right temp during summer weather.

But what is the best temperature, exactly? We discuss ideas from energy specialists so you can select the best temp for your loved ones.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most households find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a major difference between your indoor and outdoor temperatures, your cooling expenses 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 warm, there are approaches you can keep your house pleasant without having the air conditioning running all the time.

Keeping windows and curtains closed during the day keeps cold air where it should be—within your home. Some window solutions, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to give added insulation and improved energy conservation.

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can move thermostat temps about 4 degrees warmer without sacrificing comfort. That’s because they refresh through a windchill effect. As they cool people, not spaces, switch them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too uncomfortable on the surface, try doing a test for approximately a week. Get started by raising your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, steadily decrease it while using the tips above. You could be amazed at how cool you feel at a higher temperature setting.

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

When you get home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat below 78 to cool your house more rapidly. This isn’t effective and often produces a bigger AC cost.

A programmable thermostat is a good way to keep your temp in check, but you need to set programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you run the risk of forgetting to increase the set temperature when you leave.

If you’re looking for a hassle-free resolution, consider installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your residence and when you’re out. Then it instinctively adjusts temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? Typically $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

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

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

We suggest using a similar test over a week, putting your temp higher and steadily lowering it to find the right setting for your residence. On mild nights, you could discover keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a preferable option than running the air conditioning.

More Methods to Save Energy During Hot Weather

There are other ways you can spend less money on utility bills throughout the summer.

  1. Upgrade to an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they age. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your house comfier while keeping electrical
  2. expenses down.
  3. Schedule annual AC tune-ups. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit running like it should and might help it run more efficiently. It could also help prolong its life cycle, since it helps techs to uncover seemingly insignificant issues before they create a big meltdown.
  4. Switch air filters often. Read manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A clogged filter can cause your system to short cycle, or turn on and off too often, and increase your electricity
  5. expenses.
  6. Measure attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of homes in the U.S. don’t have adequate insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most southern climates need 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork inspected. Ductwork that has loosened as it’s aged can leak conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create major comfort issues in your residence, such as hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep muggy air where it should be by closing cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more conditioned air indoors.

Use Less Energy During Hot Weather with Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating

If you are looking to save more energy during hot weather, our Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating professionals can provide assistance. Get in touch with us at 949-317-4175 or contact us online for additional details about our energy-saving cooling products.