Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

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

But what is the right temperature, exactly? We go over advice from energy professionals so you can select the best temp for your residence.

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

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 indoor and outdoor temperatures, your AC expenses 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 appears hot, there are ways you can keep your house refreshing without having the air conditioner going all the time.

Keeping windows and window treatments down during the day keeps chilled air where it belongs—indoors. Some window solutions, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to offer extra insulation and better energy conservation.

If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can move thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees warmer without giving up comfort. That’s due to the fact they cool through a windchill effect. As they cool people, not areas, switch them off when you move from a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too hot initially, try conducting an experiment for a week or so. Start by upping your setting to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, steadily turn it down while following the ideas above. You may be surprised at how cool you feel at a warmer temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the air conditioning going all day while your house is vacant. Switching the setting 7¬¬–10 degrees hotter 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 set your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your residence faster. This isn’t useful and usually leads to a more expensive cooling bills.

A programmable thermostat is a good approach to keep your settings in check, but it requires setting programs. If you don’t use programs, you might forget to raise the set temperature when you go.

If you’re looking for a hassle-free remedy, consider installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it knows when you’re at home and when you’re away. Then it automatically changes temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? About $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

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

We recommend following a comparable test over a week, moving your thermostat higher and slowly turning it down to select the ideal temperature for your residence. On pleasant nights, you may discover keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a preferable option than running the air conditioner.

More Methods to Use Less Energy This Summer

There are additional ways you can save money on utility bills throughout hot weather.

  1. Buy an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they age. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your home cooler while keeping electricity
  2. costs low.
  3. Set yearly air conditioner service. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit working properly and may help it work more efficiently. It can also help prolong its life cycle, since it allows professionals to uncover little problems before they cause a big meltdown.
  4. Put in new air filters often. Read manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A clogged filter can cause your system to short cycle, or turn on and off too often, and drive up your cooling
  5. costs.
  6. Check attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of homes in the U.S. don’t have enough insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most southern climates should have 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates need 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has separated over the years can seep conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create major comfort problems in your home, such as 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 keep more conditioned air inside.

Save More Energy During Hot Weather with Four Seasons Air Conditioning and Heating LLC

If you are looking to conserve more energy during hot weather, our Four Seasons Air Conditioning and Heating LLC professionals can assist you. Reach us at 361-214-1203 or contact us online for extra information about our energy-conserving cooling products.

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