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Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t be forced to compromise on comfort or empty your wallet to keep your residence at the right temp during summer weather.

But what is the best temp, exactly? We review recommendations from energy specialists so you can choose the best setting for your residence.

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

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most families find using the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is ideal. However, if there’s a sizeable difference between your inside and outside temperatures, your electricity expenses will be greater.

These are our suggestions based on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and ENERGY STAR®.

While at home: 78 degrees. While that sounds warm, there are methods you can keep your home cool without having the air conditioner running constantly.

Keeping windows and blinds shut during the day keeps cold air where it needs to be—inside. Some window solutions, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are designed to provide more insulation and enhanced energy conservation.

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can move thermostat settings about 4 degrees warmer without giving up comfort. That’s since they refresh through a windchill effect. As they cool people, not areas, turn them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still feels too warm initially, try running a trial for approximately a week. Get started by upping your setting to 78 degrees while you’re at your residence. Then, steadily decrease it while following the ideas above. You may be astonished at how comfortable you feel at a higher temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no rationale for keeping the AC working all day while your residence is unoccupied. Switching the temperature 7¬¬–10 degrees warmer can save you anywhere from 5–15% on your electrical bills, according to the DOE.

When you get home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat under 78 to cool your home more quickly. This isn’t useful and typically produces a more expensive cooling expense.

A programmable thermostat is a useful method to keep your settings under control, but you need to set programs. If you don’t use programs, you might forget to increase the set temperature when you go.

If you need a convenient resolution, think about installing a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at your house and when you’re away. Then it instinctively modifies temperature settings for maximum savings. How much exactly? Usually $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another perk of getting a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to monitor and adjust temperature settings from just about 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 sleeping space is cold, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation advises 60–67 degrees. But that might be too cool, due to your PJ and blanket preference.

We advise trying an equivalent test over a week, moving your temperature higher and slowly decreasing it to pinpoint the right setting for your family. On mild nights, you could learn keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a superior solution than operating the air conditioning.

More Methods to Conserve Energy During Warm Weather

There are added approaches you can save money on cooling bills throughout the summer.

  1. Get an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and lose efficiency as they become older. An updated air conditioner can keep your home cooler while keeping electricity
  2. costs low.
  3. Schedule yearly AC service. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment running smoothly and might help it work at better efficiency. It can also help extend its life expectancy, since it allows technicians to spot seemingly insignificant problems before they lead to a major meltdown.
  4. Replace air filters frequently. Follow manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A clogged filter can lead to your system short cycling, or turn on and off too much, and increase your utility
  5. bills.
  6. Measure attic insulation levels. Just about 90% of homes in the United States 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 inspected. Ductwork that has come apart as it’s aged can leak cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create major comfort problems in your house, like hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal cracks, doors and windows. Keep humid air where it should be by plugging cracks. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more cold air within your home.

Save More Energy This Summer with Ambient Air

If you need to use less energy during warm weather, our Ambient Air experts can assist you. Get in touch with us at 520-201-3871 or contact us online for extra information about our energy-efficient cooling products.

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