Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

June 04, 2020

You shouldn’t have to sacrifice comfort or drain your wallet to keep your residence at a pleasant temperature during hot days.

But what is the ideal setting, exactly? We discuss recommendations from energy pros so you can determine the best temp for your loved ones.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most households find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a sizeable difference between your inside and exterior temperatures, your AC expenses will be higher.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that seems warm, there are methods you can keep your house refreshing without having the air conditioner going all the time.

Keeping windows and window treatments shut during the day keeps chilled air where it needs to be—inside. Some window treatments, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to provide added insulation and enhanced energy conservation.

If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can raise thermostat settings about 4 degrees higher without sacrificing comfort. That’s since they refresh with a windchill effect. As they cool people, not rooms, switch them off when you move from a room.

If 78 degrees still seems too hot at first glance, try conducting a trial for approximately a week. Start by raising your setting to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, steadily lower it while using the advice above. You may be shocked at how comfortable you feel at a hotter temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no reason to keep the AC on all day while your house is unoccupied. Switching the temp 7¬¬–10 degrees higher can save you an estimated 5–15% on your electricity expenses, according to the DOE.

When you arrive home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your home more quickly. This isn’t useful and often results in a higher AC expense.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful approach to keep your settings in check, 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 take off.

If you need a handy remedy, think about getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at home and when you’re away. Then it instinctively adjusts temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? Usually $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another perk of getting a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to watch and adjust temperature settings from almost anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR advises 82 degrees, that may be too uncomfortable for the majority of families. Many people sleep better when their sleeping area is chilled, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation recommends 60–67 degrees. But that may be too cold, due to your pajama and blanket preference.

We recommend using a comparable test over a week, putting your thermostat higher and slowly lowering it to select the best temp for your house. On pleasant nights, you could find keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a better option than using the air conditioning.

More Approaches to Save Energy During Hot Weather

There are other approaches you can spend less money on cooling bills throughout warm weather.

  1. Upgrade to an energy-efficient AC system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they become older. A new air conditioner can keep your house more comfortable while keeping electricity
  2. bills low.
  3. Book annual air conditioning service. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit working like it should and might help it work more efficiently. It could also help extend its life expectancy, since it allows technicians to spot small problems before they create an expensive meltdown.
  4. Change air filters regularly. Use manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A dusty filter can cause your system to short cycle, or run too much, and raise your cooling
  5. bills.
  6. Check attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of residences in the United States don’t have adequate insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. The majority of southern climates need 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork inspected. Ductwork that has come apart as it’s aged can let conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in huge comfort problems in your home, like hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep warm air where it belongs by plugging cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more cold air inside.

Save More Energy During Warm Weather with Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning

If you need to use less energy during warm weather, our Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning professionals can assist you. Reach us at 432-237-0168 or contact us online for extra info about our energy-efficient cooling solutions.