Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t need to sacrifice comfort or spend a lot to keep your house at a refreshing temperature during hot days.

But what is the ideal temp, exactly? We discuss ideas from energy pros so you can choose the best temp for your loved ones.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees provides ideal comfort. However, if there’s a big difference between your inside and exterior temps, your cooling bills 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 too high, there are methods you can keep your house pleasant without having the air conditioner going all the time.

Keeping windows and blinds shut during the day keeps cool air where it should be—inside. Some window treatments, like honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to offer extra insulation and better energy savings.

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

If 78 degrees still appears too warm initially, try running an experiment for about a week. Get started by upping your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, gradually turn it down while adhering to the advice above. You may be shocked at how refreshed 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 residence is unoccupied. Switching the setting 7¬¬–10 degrees higher can save you as much as 5–15% on your AC bills, according to the DOE.

When you arrive home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat under 78 to cool your home faster. This isn’t useful and usually leads to a higher electricity expense.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful approach to keep your settings under control, but you have to set programs. If you don’t utilize 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 home and when you’re gone. Then it intuitively changes temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? An estimated $180 yearly 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 just about anywhere.

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

We suggest using a comparable test over a week, setting your temp higher and slowly turning it down to determine the best temperature for your residence. On cool nights, you might learn keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a preferable solution than using the air conditioning.

More Approaches to Conserve Energy This Summer

There are other ways you can spend less money on energy bills throughout warm weather.

  1. Upgrade to an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they get older. A new air conditioner can keep your home more comfortable while keeping electricity
  2. costs down.
  3. Set yearly air conditioner maintenance. Regular air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment working smoothly and could help it run at better efficiency. It can also help prolong its life cycle, since it allows technicians to uncover seemingly insignificant problems before they cause a major meltdown.
  4. Switch air filters often. Read manufacturer instructions for replacing your air filter. A dusty filter can result in your system short cycling, or run too much, and increase your electricity
  5. bills.
  6. Measure attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of houses in the United States don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates need 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has loosened over the years can seep cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to major comfort problems in your house, such as hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep warm air in its place by closing openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more cold air within your home.

Conserve More Energy During Hot Weather with Jent Mechanical LLC

If you need to use less energy during hot weather, our Jent Mechanical LLC pros can help. Give us a call at 937-526-2077 or contact us online for more details about our energy-efficient cooling options.

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