Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

June 04, 2020

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

But what is the ideal temp, exactly? We discuss advice from energy specialists so you can select the best temperature for your house.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most people find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a big difference between your indoor and exterior temps, your AC expenses will be bigger.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that appears warm, there are approaches you can keep your home pleasant without having the air conditioner going frequently.

Keeping windows and blinds down during the day keeps cool air where it needs to be—inside. Some window treatments, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to offer added insulation and enhanced energy savings.

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can move thermostat temps about 4 degrees higher without sacrificing comfort. That’s due to the fact they cool through a windchill effect. Because they cool people, not spaces, shut them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too hot initially, try running a test for a week or so. Begin by raising your setting to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, steadily turn it down while adhering to the ideas above. You might be amazed at how comfortable you feel at a warmer temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the air conditioner going all day while your home is empty. Turning the temp 7¬¬–10 degrees higher can save you as much as 5–15% on your cooling costs, according to the DOE.

When you arrive home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your home faster. This isn’t productive and typically results in a higher electrical bills.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful approach to keep your settings controlled, but you need to set programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you might forget to increase the set temperature when you leave.

If you’re looking for a hassle-free solution, think over getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it knows when you’re at home and when you’re gone. Then it instinctively changes temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? Usually $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another benefit 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 might be unbearable for the majority of families. Most people sleep better when their sleeping space is chilled, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation suggests 60–67 degrees. But that could be too cold, depending on your pajama and blanket preference.

We suggest running a comparable test over a week, putting your thermostat higher and slowly decreasing it to choose the best setting for your residence. On mild nights, you could learn keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a superior solution than operating the air conditioning.

More Ways to Use Less Energy During Warm Weather

There are additional methods you can conserve money on energy bills throughout hot weather.

  1. Buy an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they become older. A new air conditioner can keep your house cooler while keeping AC
  2. costs low.
  3. Book annual AC tune-ups. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment running properly and could help it operate at better efficiency. It could also help extend its life expectancy, since it allows professionals to spot small problems before they lead to a big meltdown.
  4. Change air filters regularly. Follow manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A dusty filter can lead to your system short cycling, or run too much, and drive up your cooling
  5. costs.
  6. Check attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of homes in the United States don’t have adequate insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most southern climates need 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork examined. Ductwork that has come apart over the years can leak cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create major comfort troubles in your house, like hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep muggy air in its place by sealing openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more conditioned air within your home.

Use Less Energy During Warm Weather with Durable Service

If you need to use less energy during hot weather, our Durable Service professionals can assist you. Give us a call at 308-995-8177 or contact us online for extra details about our energy-saving cooling products.