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Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t need to give up comfort or drain your wallet to keep your residence at the right setting during the summer.

But what is the right temperature, exactly? We discuss recommendations from energy pros so you can determine the best setting for your family.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most households find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a sizeable difference between your indoor and exterior warmth, your cooling costs will be larger.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that sounds too high, there are methods you can keep your residence refreshing without having the air conditioner going constantly.

Keeping windows and blinds shut during the day keeps cold air where it should be—inside. Some window treatments, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to offer more insulation and improved energy conservation.

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

If 78 degrees still appears too uncomfortable initially, try doing an experiment for approximately a week. Get started by raising your setting to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, gradually decrease it while adhering to the advice above. You may be surprised at how comfortable you feel at a warmer temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the AC running all day while your home is empty. Moving the temperature 7¬¬–10 degrees hotter can save you as much as 5–15% on your AC costs, according to the DOE.

When you arrive home, don’t be tempted to set your thermostat under 78 to cool your home more rapidly. This isn’t effective and usually produces a more expensive AC bills.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful method to keep your temp under control, but you have to set programs. If you don’t set programs, you risk forgetting to raise the set temperature when you go.

If you’re looking for a hassle-free solution, think over getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at your house and when you’re out. Then it intuitively modifies temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? Usually $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another plus 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 recommends 82 degrees, that may be too uncomfortable for many families. Many people sleep better when their sleeping area is chilly, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation suggests 60–67 degrees. But that may be too cool, based on your clothing and blanket preference.

We recommend using a similar test over a week, moving your temp higher and steadily turning it down to pick the right setting for your family. On pleasant nights, you may find keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a superior solution than using the air conditioning.

More Approaches to Conserve Energy During Hot Weather

There are other approaches you can save money on utility bills throughout hot weather.

  1. Install an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they get older. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your residence comfier while keeping electrical
  2. costs small.
  3. Set regular air conditioning tune-ups. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment running smoothly and may help it work more efficiently. It can also help prolong its life cycle, since it allows techs to find little issues before they cause a major meltdown.
  4. Put in new air filters regularly. Read manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A dusty filter can cause your system to short cycle, or run too often, and drive up your utility
  5. costs.
  6. Check attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of homes in the USA don’t have enough insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has come apart over the years can leak cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in major comfort problems in your residence, such as hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep humid air where it should be by closing openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more cold air within your home.

Save More Energy During Hot Weather with Custom Air Systems Inc

If you are looking to save more energy this summer, our Custom Air Systems Inc experts can provide assistance. Reach us at 772-247-2283 or contact us online for additional details about our energy-efficient cooling products.

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