Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

June 04, 2020

You shouldn’t be forced to sacrifice comfort or empty your wallet to keep your residence at a pleasant setting during the summer.

But what is the best setting, exactly? We review recommendations from energy experts so you can find the best setting for your loved ones.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a big difference between your indoor and outside temperatures, your electrical bills 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 appears too high, there are ways you can keep your home cool without having the air conditioner going all the time.

Keeping windows and curtains closed during the day keeps chilled air where it needs to be—indoors. Some window solutions, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to offer added insulation and improved energy savings.

If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can raise thermostat settings about 4 degrees higher without giving up comfort. That’s because they cool with a windchill effect. Because they cool people, not spaces, shut them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still appears too uncomfortable on the surface, try running a trial for approximately a week. Start by increasing your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, gradually decrease it while following the advice above. You might be astonished at how comfortable you feel at a hotter temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no reason to keep the air conditioner on all day while your residence is vacant. Turning the temperature 7¬¬–10 degrees warmer can save you anywhere from 5–15% on your AC costs, according to the DOE.

When you get home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat under 78 to cool your residence more quickly. This isn’t effective and often produces a more expensive cooling bills.

A programmable thermostat is a good method to keep your temp in check, but you need to set programs. If you don’t set programs, you might forget to change the set temperature when you go.

If you need a convenient resolution, think about installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your house and when you’re gone. Then it intuitively adjusts temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? An estimated $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

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

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR suggests 82 degrees, that might be unbearable for the majority of 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 may be too cool, based on your PJ and blanket preference.

We advise following a comparable test over a week, putting your temperature higher and steadily decreasing it to pick the ideal setting for your residence. On cool nights, you may discover keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a better solution than using the AC.

More Ways to Save Energy This Summer

There are other ways you can spend less money on cooling bills throughout the summer.

  1. Upgrade to an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they age. An updated air conditioner can keep your home cooler while keeping electricity
  2. expenses down.
  3. Book regular air conditioner maintenance. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your system working smoothly and might help it run at greater efficiency. It might also help extend its life span, since it enables professionals to discover seemingly insignificant issues before they cause a big meltdown.
  4. Put in new air filters often. Follow manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A dirty filter can result in your system short cycling, or turn on and off too much, and raise your electrical
  5. costs.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of residences 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 let conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create huge comfort troubles in your home, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep humid air where it should be by plugging holes. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to seal more conditioned air inside.

Save More Energy During Warm Weather with Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning

If you are looking to conserve more energy during warm weather, our Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning experts can help. Get in touch with us at 601-292-9763 or contact us online for more information about our energy-saving cooling solutions.