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 muggy weather.

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

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most people find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a huge difference between your indoor and outdoor warmth, your cooling costs will be greater.

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 approaches you can keep your home pleasant without having the air conditioner running all the time.

Keeping windows and window treatments down during the day keeps cold air where it needs to be—within your home. Some window coverings, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to provide added insulation and enhanced energy efficiency.

If you have ceiling fans in your home, the DOE says you can increase thermostat settings about 4 degrees warmer without sacrificing comfort. That’s due to the fact they refresh by a windchill effect. Because they cool people, not rooms, switch them off when you move from a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too uncomfortable on the surface, try running a trial for a week or so. Get started by increasing your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, steadily decrease it while following the advice above. You could be shocked at how refreshed you feel at a warmer temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the air conditioner working all day while your house is unoccupied. Moving the temp 7¬¬–10 degrees hotter can save you as much as 5–15% on your AC 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 air conditioner cost.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful method to keep your temp 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 leave.

If you want a convenient solution, think about getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at your house and when you’re away. Then it automatically modifies 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 regulate temperature settings from almost anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR recommends 82 degrees, that might be unpleasant 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, based on your pajama and blanket preference.

We suggest trying an equivalent test over a week, putting your temp higher and gradually lowering it to select the right temperature for your residence. On pleasant nights, you might learn keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a superior solution than operating the air conditioning.

More Ways to Conserve Energy During Hot Weather

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

  1. Buy an energy-efficient cooling 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 comfier while keeping energy
  2. expenses small.
  3. Schedule annual air conditioner maintenance. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your system working properly and might help it run at greater efficiency. It could also help extend its life expectancy, since it allows pros to find seemingly insignificant problems before they create an expensive meltdown.
  4. Replace air filters regularly. Read manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A dirty filter can lead to your system short cycling, or turn on and off too much, and drive up your electrical
  5. bills.
  6. Check attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of homes in the USA don’t have adequate insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates should have 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 big comfort troubles in your home, like hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep warm air in its place by plugging holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more cold air inside.

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

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

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