Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

June 04, 2020

You shouldn’t have to sacrifice comfort or spend a lot to keep your house at a pleasant temp during summer weather.

But what is the best temp, exactly? We go over ideas from energy pros so you can find the best temperature for your family.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most households find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a major difference between your interior and exterior temperatures, your electrical expenses will be larger.

This is our advice based on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and ENERGY STAR®.

While at home: 78 degrees. While that seems hot, there are approaches you can keep your residence pleasant without having the AC going all the time.

Keeping windows and window treatments closed during the day keeps cold air where it belongs—within your home. Some window treatments, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to offer more insulation and better energy conservation.

If you have ceiling fans in your house, the DOE says you can increase thermostat temps about 4 degrees warmer without sacrificing comfort. That’s since they refresh with a windchill effect. Because they cool people, not spaces, turn them off when you move from a room.

If 78 degrees still appears too warm initially, try conducting an experiment for about a week. Begin by increasing your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, gradually lower it while adhering to the advice above. You may be surprised at how refreshed you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the AC on all day while your house is empty. Moving the temp 7¬¬–10 degrees hotter can save you an estimated 5–15% on your air conditioning costs, according to the DOE.

When you get home, don’t be tempted to set your thermostat below 78 to cool your house more rapidly. This isn’t effective and often leads to a more expensive air conditioner expense.

A programmable thermostat is a good method to keep your temperature controlled, but it requires setting programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you run the risk of forgetting to move the set temperature when you take off.

If you’re looking for a convenient resolution, consider installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat works with with your phone, so it knows when you’re at your residence 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 plus of having a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to monitor and change temperature settings from almost anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR recommends 82 degrees, that may be unbearable for most families. Many people sleep better when their bedroom is chilled, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation advises 60–67 degrees. But that may be too cold, based on your pajama and blanket preference.

We advise using a comparable test over a week, setting your temp higher and steadily lowering it to select the right setting for your house. On cool nights, you might find keeping windows open at night and using a ceiling fan is a better solution than running the air conditioner.

More Approaches to Save Energy During Hot Weather

There are additional ways you can save money on energy bills throughout hot weather.

  1. Get an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they get older. An updated air conditioner can keep your home cooler while keeping AC
  2. bills low.
  3. Schedule annual air conditioning service. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your system working properly and may help it work at better efficiency. It can also help extend its life cycle, since it enables professionals to find little troubles before they cause a major meltdown.
  4. Replace air filters frequently. Read manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A dusty filter can lead to your system short cycling, or switch on and off too often, and raise your energy
  5. bills.
  6. Inspect 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 require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates need 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork examined. Ductwork that has come apart as it’s aged can seep conditioned air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create huge comfort troubles in your house, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal openings, doors and windows. Keep hot air in its place by sealing cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more cool air indoors.

Save More Energy During Warm Weather with Garoken Energy Co. Inc.

If you are looking to conserve more energy during warm weather, our Garoken Energy Co. Inc. experts can provide assistance. Reach us at 503-374-1934 or contact us online for additional information about our energy-saving cooling solutions.