Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

June 04, 2020

You shouldn’t have to sacrifice comfort or empty your wallet to keep your house at a pleasant setting during muggy weather.

But what is the best temperature, exactly? We go over suggestions from energy experts so you can choose the best setting for your house.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most households find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a big difference between your interior and exterior warmth, your cooling expenses 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 seems hot, there are approaches you can keep your residence cool without having the air conditioner going frequently.

Keeping windows and curtains closed during the day keeps cool air where it should be—inside. Some window solutions, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to deliver more insulation and enhanced energy conservation.

If you have ceiling fans in your home, the DOE says you can raise thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees hotter without giving up comfort. That’s since they freshen with a windchill effect. Because they cool people, not areas, switch them off when you leave a room.

If 78 degrees still appears too hot on the surface, try running a trial for a week or so. Get started by raising your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, gradually lower it while using the ideas above. You might be amazed at how refreshed 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 unoccupied. Turning the temperature 7¬¬–10 degrees warmer can save you anywhere from 5–15% on your air conditioning expenses, 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 useful and typically results in a more expensive cooling expense.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful way to keep your settings in check, but you have to set programs. If you don’t set programs, you run the risk of forgetting to move the set temperature when you take off.

If you need a convenient resolution, think about getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at your residence and when you’re out. Then it instinctively modifies temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? Usually $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another benefit of getting a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to monitor and regulate temperature settings from just about anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR recommends 82 degrees, that could be unpleasant for most families. The majority of people sleep better when their bedroom is chilled, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation suggests 60–67 degrees. But that could be too cool, depending on your PJ and blanket preference.

We advise following a comparable test over a week, putting your thermostat higher and progressively decreasing it to determine the ideal temperature for your residence. On pleasant nights, you might learn keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a superior option than using the AC.

More Approaches to Save Energy During Hot Weather

There are additional approaches you can conserve money on utility bills throughout the summer.

  1. Buy an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they age. A new air conditioner can keep your residence more comfortable while keeping electrical
  2. expenses low.
  3. Set annual air conditioner tune-ups. Annual 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 helps technicians to pinpoint small issues before they lead to a major meltdown.
  4. Replace air filters often. Read manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A dirty filter can result in your system short cycling, or run too often, and drive up your electrical
  5. bills.
  6. Check attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of homes in the U.S. don’t have adequate insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most southern climates require 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 leak cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to major comfort issues in your home, like hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep humid air where it should be by sealing openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more cool air inside.

Conserve More Energy During Warm Weather with Freed Heating & Air Conditioning

If you are looking to use less energy during warm weather, our Freed Heating & Air Conditioning pros can provide assistance. Reach us at 309-323-9584 or contact us online for extra info about our energy-saving cooling products.