Air conditioning on the Gold Coast can take a toll on energy bills during a roasting hot summer. But what is the best temperature for air conditioning for comfort and efficiency?
While opinions vary, setting your air conditioning unit at 24-25 degrees celsius is often considered the best.
However, the Energy Star program suggests 26 degrees as the best temperature to save money without impacting comfort levels.
What about high humidity?
The temperature on the Gold Coast can easily hit 30+ degrees during the summer.
Most air conditioners on the Gold Coast also offer the option to dehumidify. This can be very beneficial fighting high-humidity in the sub tropics.
This is perfect for hot and humid days and it can bring down relative humidity below 40 percent.
Our body’s own cooling method of sweating works best in environments with lower humidity levels. If your AC unit dehumidifies, you may still be comfortable in temperatures a few degrees higher than usual.
If you set your unit below 23 degrees, the humidity could drop to dry levels that can irritate the sinuses.
What is best for saving money?
If saving money is your priority, then it’s worth testing a few different settings to find your ideal temperature.
Remember, if you can live with it being a few degrees warmer, you can save a lot on energy.
Do not set the air conditioning unit to a lower setting in the hopes that it will cool the room faster. This does not work. It will only end up wasting energy trying to cool the room down more than required.
However, our best money-saving tip is to ensure your air conditioner unit is regularly maintained.
By checking that any ducts are free from blockages, your filters are clean and the unit is functioning well, you can save on energy costs. At Custom Air, we offer a full range of services to help your unit remain up and running.
If you are looking for unit installations, servicing for air conditioning on the Gold Coast, or information on any of the services or products we offer, please feel free to Contact Custom Air by calling (07) 5529-8449 or 0419 643 652.