Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t need to compromise on comfort or spend a lot to keep your residence at a pleasant temp during warm days.

But what is the best temperature, exactly? We review suggestions from energy experts so you can select the best setting for your home.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find setting the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a huge difference between your indoor and outdoor temperatures, your AC expenses will be higher.

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

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

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

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can raise thermostat settings about 4 degrees hotter without sacrificing comfort. That’s since they cool with a windchill effect. Since they cool people, not areas, switch them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still seems too uncomfortable on the surface, try running a test for a week or so. Start by raising your setting to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, gradually decrease it while following the ideas above. You could be astonished at how refreshed you feel at a higher temperature setting.

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

When you arrive home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your residence faster. This isn’t useful and usually leads to a bigger air conditioner expense.

A programmable thermostat is a helpful way to keep your temperature in check, but it requires setting programs. If you don’t use programs, you might forget to increase the set temperature when you go.

If you need a handy fix, think over buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat links with your phone, so it realizes when you’re at your residence and when you’re out. Then it intuitively changes temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? About $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another plus of using a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to monitor and change temperature settings from just about anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR recommends 82 degrees, that may 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 might be too cool, depending on your pajama and blanket preference.

We suggest trying a similar test over a week, setting your thermostat higher and steadily lowering it to select the best setting for your house. On cool nights, you could find keeping windows open at night and running a ceiling fan is a preferable option than using the AC.

More Approaches to Conserve Energy During Hot Weather

There are extra methods you can conserve money on utility bills throughout warm weather.

  1. Buy an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and become less efficient as they become older. A new air conditioner can keep your home comfier while keeping energy
  2. expenses down.
  3. Set regular air conditioning maintenance. Routine air conditioner maintenance keeps your unit working like it should and may help it work more efficiently. It can also help extend its life span, since it allows professionals to spot seemingly insignificant troubles before they lead to a big meltdown.
  4. Switch air filters regularly. Read manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A dusty filter can result in your system short cycling, or turn on and off too much, and increase your electrical
  5. expenses.
  6. Check 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 should have 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork checked. Ductwork that has separated over the years can leak cold air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can lead to major comfort issues in your home, including hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep muggy air where it belongs by sealing openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to trap more conditioned air indoors.

Save More Energy During Hot Weather with Stan's Heating, Inc

If you are looking to use less energy during hot weather, our Stan's Heating, Inc specialists can assist you. Give us a call at 541-286-6602 or contact us online for additional info about our energy-saving cooling solutions.

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