Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

June 04, 2020

You shouldn’t need to give up comfort or spend a lot to keep your house at the right setting during hot days.

But what is the ideal temperature, exactly? We review suggestions from energy specialists so you can find the best setting for your home.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most households find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a sizeable difference between your inside and outside temperatures, your cooling costs will be larger.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that sounds warm, there are ways you can keep your residence refreshing without having the air conditioner running constantly.

Keeping windows and blinds down during the day keeps cold air where it needs to be—inside. Some window coverings, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to provide added insulation and better energy conservation.

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

If 78 degrees still seems too uncomfortable initially, try conducting an experiment for about a week. Get started by upping your setting to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, steadily turn it down while following the suggestions above. You may be astonished at how comfortable you feel at a warmer temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the AC going all day while your home is vacant. Switching the temp 7¬¬–10 degrees higher can save you anywhere from 5–15% on your AC costs, according to the DOE.

When you arrive home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat below 78 to cool your home faster. This isn’t productive and often produces a higher AC expense.

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

If you want a handy remedy, think about getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it knows when you’re at home and when you’re away. Then it automatically changes temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? About $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

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

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

We advise running a similar test over a week, setting your temperature higher and slowly lowering it to pick the best setting for your residence. On pleasant nights, you might learn keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a better solution than using the air conditioning.

More Ways to Conserve Energy This Summer

There are extra approaches you can conserve money on air conditioning bills throughout hot weather.

  1. Get an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they become older. An updated air conditioner can keep your house comfier while keeping electricity
  2. bills small.
  3. Schedule yearly air conditioner service. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit running like it should and could help it operate at better efficiency. It might also help extend its life expectancy, since it helps professionals to discover seemingly insignificant issues before they create a big meltdown.
  4. Replace air filters often. Follow manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A dirty filter can lead to your system short cycling, or turn on and off too much, and increase your cooling
  5. expenses.
  6. Measure attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of residences in the USA don’t have enough insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates should have 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates need 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork examined. Ductwork that has come apart as it’s aged can seep cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to big comfort problems in your house, such as hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep muggy air where it belongs by plugging cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more cool air within your home.

Conserve More Energy This Summer with YES R&M Inc.

If you are looking to conserve more energy during hot weather, our YES R&M Inc. pros can provide assistance. Get in touch with us at 562-286-6624 or contact us online for additional info about our energy-saving cooling products.