Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t need to give up comfort or empty your wallet to keep your home at the right temperature during hot days.

But what is the ideal temp, exactly? We discuss suggestions from energy pros so you can find the best temperature for your residence.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a major difference between your indoor and outdoor temperatures, your utility expenses will be greater.

These are our recommendations 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 home cool without having the AC on all the time.

Keeping windows and blinds closed during the day keeps chilled air where it should be—indoors. Some window treatments, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are made to provide added insulation and better energy savings.

If you have ceiling fans in your home, the DOE says you can move thermostat temps about 4 degrees hotter without compromising comfort. That’s because they cool by a windchill effect. As they cool people, not spaces, switch them off when you move from a room.

If 78 degrees still appears too warm on the surface, try conducting a trial for a week or so. Start by raising your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, steadily turn it down while following the suggestions above. You may be amazed at how refreshed you feel at a hotter temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no reason to keep the air conditioner going all day while your residence is unoccupied. Switching the temp 7¬¬–10 degrees warmer can save you as much as 5–15% on your electrical expenses, according to the DOE.

When you get home, don’t be tempted to set your thermostat below 78 to cool your home more quickly. This isn’t productive and often produces a higher electricity cost.

A programmable thermostat is a useful way to keep your temp under control, but it requires setting programs. If you don’t set programs, you might forget to raise the set temperature when you leave.

If you’re looking for a handy remedy, consider installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at home and when you’re gone. Then it intuitively adjusts temperature settings for the biggest savings. How much exactly? About $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another advantage of getting a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to monitor and adjust temperature settings from nearly anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR recommends 82 degrees, that may be unpleasant for most families. Most people sleep better when their bedroom is chilly, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation suggests 60–67 degrees. But that could be too cold, due to your pajama and blanket preference.

We recommend trying a comparable test over a week, setting your temp higher and gradually turning it down to select the best temp for your residence. On mild nights, you might find keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a preferable option than using the air conditioner.

More Ways to Conserve Energy This Summer

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

  1. Buy an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only work for about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they become older. An upgraded air conditioner can keep your house comfier while keeping AC
  2. bills low.
  3. Schedule annual AC tune-ups. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment operating like it should and could help it run at greater efficiency. It may also help extend its life expectancy, since it enables techs to pinpoint small issues before they create an expensive meltdown.
  4. Replace air filters regularly. Follow manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A dusty filter can result in your system short cycling, or turn on and off too frequently, and increase your energy
  5. bills.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of houses in the United States don’t have proper insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Many southern climates should have 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates require 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork inspected. Ductwork that has loosened over time can seep cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create major comfort problems in your home, like hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep humid air where it should be by plugging openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more cool air inside.

Use Less Energy During Warm Weather with Farnell Heating & Air Conditioning Inc

If you need to save more energy during warm weather, our Farnell Heating & Air Conditioning Inc experts can help. Reach us at 251-471-2674 or contact us online for more details about our energy-efficient cooling solutions.

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