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Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

June 04, 2020

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

But what is the ideal setting, exactly? We go over advice from energy experts so you can select the best temperature for your residence.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most people find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a sizeable difference between your indoor and outside temps, your cooling costs 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 seems warm, there are methods you can keep your home cool without having the air conditioning running frequently.

Keeping windows and curtains down during the day keeps chilled air where it should be—indoors. Some window coverings, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to give more insulation and improved energy savings.

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can raise thermostat temps about 4 degrees warmer without giving up comfort. That’s due to the fact they refresh with a windchill effect. As they cool people, not spaces, turn them off when you leave a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too uncomfortable at first glance, try doing a trial for approximately a week. Get started by upping your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, gradually lower it while using the advice above. You could be astonished at how cool you feel at a warmer temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no reason to keep the air conditioning on all day while your home is empty. Moving the temperature 7¬¬–10 degrees higher can save you an estimated 5–15% on your electricity expenses, according to the DOE.

When you arrive home, don’t be tempted to set your thermostat under 78 to cool your house faster. This isn’t effective and typically leads to a more expensive electrical bills.

A programmable thermostat is a good way to keep your temperature in check, but you have to set programs. If you don’t use programs, you might forget to raise the set temperature when you go.

If you want a handy fix, consider buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at your house and when you’re out. Then it intuitively changes temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? Usually $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another benefit of using a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to watch and adjust temperature settings from nearly anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR advises 82 degrees, that might be unbearable for most families. Most 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 cold, based on your clothing and blanket preference.

We recommend following an equivalent test over a week, putting your thermostat higher and gradually decreasing it to choose the ideal temp for your residence. On mild nights, you could learn keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a better option than operating the AC.

More Methods to Conserve Energy This Summer

There are extra approaches you can save money on energy bills throughout hot weather.

  1. Buy an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they become older. An updated air conditioner can keep your house cooler while keeping energy
  2. costs down.
  3. Schedule annual air conditioning maintenance. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment working properly and may help it work at greater efficiency. It can also help extend its life cycle, since it helps technicians to discover small troubles before they create a big meltdown.
  4. Replace air filters often. Follow manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A clogged filter can lead to your system short cycling, or switch on and off too much, and drive up your electricity
  5. expenses.
  6. Measure 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 need 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork inspected. Ductwork that has come apart as it’s aged can leak cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can result in huge comfort issues in your residence, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep warm air where it belongs by plugging cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more cool air inside.

Use Less Energy This Summer with Discount Mechanical Heating & Plumbing Services

If you need to save more energy this summer, our Discount Mechanical Heating & Plumbing Services experts can assist you. Reach us at 907-202-9798 or contact us online for additional info about our energy-conserving cooling options.