Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t have to compromise on comfort or drain your wallet to keep your home at the right temperature during the summer.

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

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most people find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a huge difference between your indoor and outdoor temps, your electrical 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 sounds hot, there are methods you can keep your home pleasant without having the air conditioning running frequently.

Keeping windows and window treatments shut during the day keeps cold air where it needs to be—inside. Some window solutions, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to offer more insulation and enhanced energy efficiency.

If you have ceiling fans in your home, the DOE says you can move thermostat settings about 4 degrees warmer without sacrificing comfort. That’s since they freshen with a windchill effect. Because they cool people, not areas, switch them off when you move from a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too uncomfortable at first glance, try running a test for a week or so. Begin by increasing your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, progressively decrease it while following the advice above. You could be shocked at how cool you feel at a hotter temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the air conditioning working all day while your house is unoccupied. Switching the temp 7¬¬–10 degrees hotter can save you an estimated 5–15% on your air conditioning bills, according to the DOE.

When you come home, don’t be tempted to set your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your house faster. This isn’t effective and typically leads to a more expensive cooling cost.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful method to keep your temperature in check, but you need to set programs. If you don’t set programs, you run the risk of forgetting to move the set temperature when you leave.

If you need a convenient solution, think over buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at your house and when you’re away. Then it automatically changes temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? Usually $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

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

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR recommends 82 degrees, that could be unbearable for the majority of families. Most people sleep better when their sleeping area is cold, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation suggests 60–67 degrees. But that might be too cool, depending on your pajama and blanket preference.

We suggest trying a comparable test over a week, moving your temperature higher and gradually lowering it to find the best setting for your residence. On pleasant nights, you might learn keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a preferable solution than using the air conditioning.

More Ways to Conserve Energy During Hot Weather

There are added approaches you can conserve money on AC bills throughout warm weather.

  1. Buy an energy-efficient AC system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they become older. A new air conditioner can keep your residence cooler while keeping energy
  2. expenses down.
  3. Schedule annual air conditioner maintenance. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your system working properly and could help it run at better efficiency. It could also help extend its life cycle, since it allows pros to uncover little problems before they create an expensive meltdown.
  4. Switch air filters regularly. Use manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A dirty filter can lead to your system short cycling, or switch on and off too much, and drive up your energy
  5. bills.
  6. Check attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of homes in the USA don’t have adequate insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. The majority of southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has loosened over time can leak conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to huge comfort issues in your home, like hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep muggy air in its place by plugging holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more conditioned air within your home.

Conserve More Energy During Hot Weather with Wolfe & Sons Heating and Cooling

If you want to conserve more energy during hot weather, our Wolfe & Sons Heating and Cooling pros can help. Get in touch with us at 614-451-0846 or contact us online for additional details about our energy-saving cooling options.

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