Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t have to sacrifice comfort or spend a lot to keep your residence at a pleasant setting during warm days.

But what is the best setting, exactly? We discuss advice from energy professionals so you can find the best temp for your loved ones.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most households find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a big difference between your inside and exterior temps, your electricity bills will be greater.

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

While at home: 78 degrees. While that seems warm, there are approaches you can keep your residence refreshing without having the air conditioning on frequently.

Keeping windows and curtains closed during the day keeps cool air where it belongs—within your home. Some window coverings, such as honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to offer extra insulation and improved energy conservation.

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can raise thermostat settings about 4 degrees higher without compromising comfort. That’s since they refresh through a windchill effect. As they cool people, not rooms, switch them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too uncomfortable at first glance, try conducting an experiment for a week or so. Get started by raising your temperature to 78 degrees while you’re home. Then, progressively lower it while using the tips above. You may be surprised at how cool you feel at a warmer temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the AC running all day while your home is vacant. Turning the temperature 7¬¬–10 degrees higher can save you as much as 5–15% on your electrical costs, according to the DOE.

When you get home, don’t be tempted to put your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your residence faster. This isn’t useful and usually results in a bigger electrical expense.

A programmable thermostat is a useful approach to keep your temperature in check, but it requires setting programs. If you don’t set programs, you risk forgetting to change the set temperature when you leave.

If you need a convenient resolution, think over getting a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at your residence and when you’re out. Then it intuitively adjusts temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? Usually $180 each year on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another perk of having 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 advises 82 degrees, that could be unbearable for many families. Most people sleep better when their sleeping area is chilly, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation advises 60–67 degrees. But that could be too chilly, due to your pajama and blanket preference.

We recommend trying a similar test over a week, setting your temperature higher and progressively decreasing it to determine the best temp for your house. On mild nights, you may discover keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a superior idea than using the air conditioner.

More Ways to Save Energy During Hot Weather

There are added approaches you can conserve money on energy bills throughout warm weather.

  1. Get an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only last about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they get older. A new air conditioner can keep your house cooler while keeping electrical
  2. costs small.
  3. Schedule annual AC maintenance. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment working smoothly and could help it run more efficiently. It could also help prolong its life cycle, since it allows pros to spot seemingly insignificant troubles before they lead to an expensive meltdown.
  4. Switch air filters frequently. Use manufacturer instructions for changing your air filter. A dusty filter can result in your system short cycling, or switch on and off too much, and increase your utility
  5. costs.
  6. Measure attic insulation levels. Nearly 90% of residences in the USA don’t have adequate insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most southern climates should have 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has come apart as it’s aged can seep cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create big comfort issues in your home, such as hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep warm air where it should be by closing cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more cool air indoors.

Save More Energy This Summer with Select Comfort System Heating & Air Conditioning

If you need to conserve more energy this summer, our Select Comfort System Heating & Air Conditioning experts can provide assistance. Get in touch with us at 801-305-4777 or contact us online for extra information about our energy-conserving cooling solutions.

Back To Blog