Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

June 04, 2020

You shouldn’t have to sacrifice comfort or spend a lot to keep your residence at a pleasant setting during the summer.

But what is the right temp, exactly? We discuss advice from energy specialists so you can choose the best setting for your family.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most people find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a sizeable difference between your interior and exterior warmth, your electrical bills 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 air conditioning running frequently.

Keeping windows and window treatments down during the day keeps cold air where it should be—inside. Some window coverings, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to give extra insulation and improved energy savings.

If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can move thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees higher without compromising comfort. That’s due to the fact they freshen with a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not spaces, turn them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too warm on the surface, try running an experiment for a week or so. Begin by upping your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, gradually lower it while following the tips above. You may be astonished at how refreshed you feel at a higher temperature setting.

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

When you get home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your residence more quickly. This isn’t effective and usually results in a higher AC expense.

A programmable thermostat is a useful way to keep your settings controlled, but you have to set programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you run the risk of forgetting to change the set temperature when you leave.

If you’re looking for a handy fix, think about buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at home and when you’re away. Then it intuitively modifies temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? Usually $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another perk of having 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 could be unpleasant 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 recommends 60–67 degrees. But that might be too cold, based on your pajama and blanket preference.

We recommend using an equivalent test over a week, setting your temperature higher and steadily lowering it to pinpoint the ideal temperature for your residence. On cool nights, you might learn keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a better option than running the air conditioning.

More Methods to Use Less Energy During Warm Weather

There are added approaches you can save money on cooling bills throughout hot weather.

  1. Install an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they age. A new air conditioner can keep your house more comfortable while keeping AC
  2. costs small.
  3. Book regular air conditioning tune-ups. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit working properly and might help it operate more efficiently. It may also help prolong its life expectancy, since it enables techs to uncover little troubles before they create a major meltdown.
  4. Change air filters often. Use manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A dusty filter can cause your system to short cycle, or switch on and off too frequently, and raise your electricity
  5. costs.
  6. Check attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of homes in the USA don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates need 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork examined. Ductwork that has come apart over time can seep conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create huge comfort problems in your house, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep hot air where it belongs by plugging openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more cool air indoors.

Conserve More Energy This Summer with Honke Heating & AC

If you are looking to save more energy during warm weather, our Honke Heating & AC professionals can assist you. Get in touch with us at 503-663-8033 or contact us online for more info about our energy-conserving cooling options.