If you ask two different people what the optimal temperature is for an air conditioner you’ll probably get two completely different answers. What cool enough for one person could be too warm or too cold for another. However, if you’re looking for the optimal air conditioner temperature for energy efficiency or for an office, that’s a different question.

Advanced Climate Solutions are you local Brisbane air conditioning experts and we have answered the top three air conditioning questions on everyone’s lips this summer;

  1. What is the best air conditioner temperature to save money?
  2. What is the best air conditioner temperature for comfort?
  3. What is the best air conditioner temperature for an office?

 

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1) What Is The Best Air Conditioner Temperature To Save Money?

In hot climates such as Queensland, air conditioning has become a necessity in most homes. However, air conditioning can significantly increase your energy bill, particularly if you have an old or poorly maintained air conditioner. So, what is the ideal temperature to set your air conditioner at in order to save money this summer?

An important fact to remember when determining what temperature to set your air conditioner at is that every degree below 25 degrees can increase the cost of running your air conditioner by around 10%. That means that simply increasing the temperature on your thermostat from 24 to 25 you will significantly reduce the contribution of your air conditioner to your power bill.

Although increasing the temperature on your thermostat will mean that the room temperature is slightly less comfortable, using fans to circulate the cool air through the room can alleviate this.

Note: the size of your air conditioner will impact how much it costs to run. This is because if your air conditioning unit is correctly sized for the room, it will run at maximum efficiency. Whereas, if your air conditioner is too big or small, the running costs will increase.

So, what is the best temperature for your air conditioner in order to save money (and stay cool)? The answer is 25 degrees Celsius.

2) What Is The Best Air Conditioner Temperature For Comfort?

This is a difficult question to answer as your temperature preference can depend on your age, weight, and gender, as well as the size of the room you’re in, and the condition of the air conditioner.

This will also depend on where you live and what climate you are used to. For example, most Queenslanders will start to feel the cold at around 12 degrees, whereas, people from colder climates would consider that beach weather.

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So, what is the best air conditioner temperature for comfort? The answer is anywhere between 20 and 22 degrees Celsius. However, this is not a hard and fast rule and will vary according to your personal preferences and the contributing factors listed above.

3) What Is The Best Air Conditioner Temperature For An Office?

It’s practically impossible to choose a temperature for your office air conditioning system that will be comfortable for everyone without sending the power bill through the roof. However, the key to setting the optimal air conditioner temperature is an office is finding the balance between energy efficiency and keeping the room at a comfortable temperature for maximum productivity.

Typically, office air conditioners in Australia are set at about 22 degrees as many people believe that this is the optimal temperature for productivity. Yet, as mentioned above, temperature preference can greatly vary based on gender, age, weight, and more.

Additionally, according to a recent study, slightly increasing the temperature of an office air conditioner from 22 degrees does not significantly affect cognitive performance. This means that by increasing the temperature to 25 degrees employers can potentially reduce the energy consumption of the air conditioner by a whopping 18% without sacrificing the productivity of their workers.

So, what is the best air conditioner temperature for an office? The answer is somewhere between 23 to 25 degrees Celsius.

In summary, if you’re primarily concerned with the running costs of your air conditioner, the optimal temperature for your air conditioner (while staying cool) is 25 degrees Celsius. Alternatively, if your primary concern is comfort, try setting your air conditioner to a cool 21 degrees. Finally, if you’re looking for that perfect balance between energy efficiency and comfort for your office air conditioner, the optimal temperature is around 24 degrees Celsius.

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Advanced Climate Solutions are your local air conditioning experts. For quality air conditioning services including installations, repairs, and maintenance call ACS on 07 3206 3542 or fill out our contact form.

Note: Answers are based on correctly sized air conditioners.

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