Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t be forced to compromise on comfort or spend a lot to keep your house at a pleasant temp during warm days.

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

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most households find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a huge difference between your inside and outdoor temps, 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 sounds hot, there are approaches you can keep your home cool without having the AC going frequently.

Keeping windows and window treatments closed during the day keeps cold air where it should be—within your home. Some window treatments, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to provide more insulation and better energy conservation.

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can move thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees hotter without compromising comfort. That’s because they cool with a windchill effect. As they cool people, not spaces, turn them off when you leave a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too warm initially, try doing an experiment for approximately a week. Start by raising your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, progressively turn it down while following the tips above. You may be shocked at how comfortable you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no reason to keep the air conditioner on all day while your home is unoccupied. Switching the setting 7¬¬–10 degrees hotter can save you anywhere from 5–15% on your cooling costs, according to the DOE.

When you get home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat below 78 to cool your home more rapidly. This isn’t productive and typically results in a higher electrical bills.

A programmable thermostat is a useful method to keep your temp under control, but it requires setting programs. If you don’t set programs, you might forget to change the set temperature when you take off.

If you need a handy solution, think about installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at home and when you’re gone. Then it instinctively modifies temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? Typically $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another advantage of installing a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to monitor and change temperature settings from nearly anywhere.

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

We advise following a comparable test over a week, setting your temperature higher and slowly turning it down to pinpoint the best setting for your residence. On mild nights, you could discover keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a preferable idea than running the air conditioning.

More Ways to Use Less Energy This Summer

There are additional approaches you can spend less money on air conditioning bills throughout the summer.

  1. Install an energy-efficient AC system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they age. An updated air conditioner can keep your home comfier while keeping cooling
  2. expenses down.
  3. Book annual AC maintenance. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit running properly and could help it run at greater efficiency. It can also help prolong its life span, since it enables techs to discover small troubles before they cause a major meltdown.
  4. Switch air filters frequently. Read manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A clogged filter can lead to your system short cycling, or run too frequently, and drive up your energy
  5. expenses.
  6. Measure attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of residences in the United States don’t have enough insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates need 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork inspected. Ductwork that has come apart as it’s aged can leak cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in big comfort issues in your home, like hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep hot air where it belongs by sealing holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more cold air within your home.

Conserve More Energy During Hot Weather with Oak Point Heating and Air LLC

If you need to conserve more energy during warm weather, our Oak Point Heating and Air LLC experts can provide assistance. Reach us at 940-202-1202 or contact us online for additional info about our energy-saving cooling solutions.

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