Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t need to sacrifice comfort or spend a lot to keep your home at the right temperature during summer weather.

But what is the best temp, exactly? We discuss recommendations from energy experts so you can choose the best temp for your residence.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a major difference between your interior and exterior warmth, your AC costs will be higher.

These are our recommendations based on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and ENERGY STAR®.

While at home: 78 degrees. While that appears hot, there are ways you can keep your house cool without having the air conditioner on frequently.

Keeping windows and blinds shut during the day keeps cool air where it should be—indoors. Some window solutions, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to offer more insulation and better energy conservation.

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can raise thermostat settings about 4 degrees warmer without compromising comfort. That’s because they cool by a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not spaces, turn them off when you move from a room.

If 78 degrees still seems too hot on the surface, try running a test for approximately a week. Get started by upping your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, steadily turn it down while using the tips above. You might be shocked at how cool you feel at a hotter temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the air conditioner going all day while your home is vacant. Switching the temp 7¬¬–10 degrees higher can save you an estimated 5–15% on your air conditioning expenses, according to the DOE.

When you arrive home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your residence faster. This isn’t useful and typically leads to a higher air conditioner bills.

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

If you want a hassle-free fix, consider installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it knows when you’re at home and when you’re out. Then it instinctively modifies temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? Typically $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 advises 82 degrees, that could be unpleasant for most families. The majority of people sleep better when their sleeping space is chilled, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation recommends 60–67 degrees. But that may be too chilly, depending on your clothing and blanket preference.

We suggest trying a similar test over a week, moving your temperature higher and progressively lowering it to choose the ideal temp for your house. On pleasant nights, you might find keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a preferable option than operating the air conditioner.

More Approaches to Save Energy During Warm Weather

There are extra ways you can conserve money on utility bills throughout hot weather.

  1. Upgrade to an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they age. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your residence more comfortable while keeping utility
  2. costs down.
  3. Book annual air conditioner service. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment running smoothly and might help it run at better efficiency. It could also help prolong its life span, since it helps technicians to pinpoint small issues before they create a major meltdown.
  4. Change air filters frequently. Use manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A clogged filter can result in your system short cycling, or turn on and off too frequently, and increase your electricity
  5. bills.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of houses in the USA don’t have adequate insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. The majority of southern climates need 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has come apart over the years can leak cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to major comfort issues in your house, like hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep muggy air where it should be by sealing openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more cold air within your home.

Conserve More Energy During Warm Weather with Scott Temperature

If you want to conserve more energy this summer, our Scott Temperature experts can provide assistance. Give us a call at 785-269-0465 or contact us online for more information about our energy-conserving cooling options.

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