Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t be forced to sacrifice comfort or spend a lot to keep your home at a refreshing setting during summer weather.

But what is the best temp, exactly? We discuss ideas from energy experts so you can select the best setting for your family.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most people find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a major difference between your indoor and exterior temperatures, your electricity expenses 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 appears too high, there are approaches you can keep your residence cool without having the air conditioner on constantly.

Keeping windows and window treatments down during the day keeps cold air where it needs to be—within your home. Some window solutions, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to give extra insulation and enhanced energy savings.

If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can move thermostat temperatures about 4 degrees hotter without compromising comfort. That’s since they cool by a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not rooms, switch them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still seems too uncomfortable on the surface, try doing a test for a week or so. Get started by upping your setting to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, progressively lower it while adhering to the tips above. You may be shocked at how comfortable you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the air conditioning going all day while your house is empty. Switching the temperature 7¬¬–10 degrees warmer can save you anywhere from 5–15% on your cooling costs, according to the DOE.

When you arrive home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your home more rapidly. This isn’t productive and usually results in a bigger electricity bills.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful way to keep your temp in check, but you need to set programs. If you don’t set programs, you might forget to move the set temperature when you leave.

If you want a convenient remedy, consider buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your house and when you’re out. Then it intuitively modifies temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? An estimated $180 yearly on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

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

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR recommends 82 degrees, that may be too uncomfortable for the majority of families. The majority of people sleep better when their sleeping space is cold, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation recommends 60–67 degrees. But that could be too cool, due to your clothing and blanket preference.

We advise following a similar test over a week, putting your thermostat higher and progressively decreasing it to pick the best setting for your family. On pleasant nights, you could find keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a superior option than operating the AC.

More Methods to Conserve Energy During Warm Weather

There are added ways you can save money on utility bills throughout the summer.

  1. Buy an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they become older. An updated air conditioner can keep your residence cooler while keeping electrical
  2. costs small.
  3. Set annual air conditioner tune-ups. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your system working smoothly and may help it operate at greater efficiency. It may also help extend its life span, since it enables technicians to discover small issues before they cause a big meltdown.
  4. Change air filters frequently. Use manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A dirty filter can result in your system short cycling, or run too often, and increase your electrical
  5. bills.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of homes in the United States don’t have adequate insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has come apart as it’s aged can seep conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in big comfort problems in your house, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep muggy air where it should be by plugging cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more cool air within your home.

Conserve More Energy During Hot Weather with Premium Air Services LLC

If you want to conserve more energy this summer, our Premium Air Services LLC pros can provide assistance. Get in touch with us at 713-364-9957 or contact us online for more info about our energy-saving cooling products.

Back To Blog