Your home’s air quality should be comfortable: not too humid, hot, or cold. You will save time and energy costs with appropriate thermostat settings. It is encouraged to adjust the settings for your thermostat based on your daily home habits and environment outside. According to Florida Public Service Commission, your thermostat should be set no lower than 78 in the summer and between 72 and 68 in the cooler months (yes, Florida can get a cold front!). These helpful setting tips and tricks can help lower your energy cost while you maintain a comfortable atmosphere in your home.
Since your thermostat controls the air quality in your home, you want to pay close attention to your home’s atmosphere. For example, the time of year plays a large role in how you set your thermostat. The summer months in South Florida (or anywhere it’s summer!) can get muggy and uncomfortable so you’d want to set your thermostat to 78 or higher. For cooler months, between 68 and 72 degrees. You’ll also want to adjust your settings to your personal preferences and habits. Ideally, you want to adjust your home’s thermostat setting according to the weather outside to ensure a comfortable home temperature. Energy.gov suggest lowering your thermostat by 10 to 15 degrees at least 8 hours a day to save on energy costs. Ultimately, you have to ask yourself what temperature is comfortable for you and your family.
Energy Efficient Settings
Even on the hottest summer day, you can still practice energy saving techniques that also save you on your monthly bills.
- Once a year, change the batteries in your programmable thermostat (if it’s battery operated).
- Keep your thermostat at energy-saving temperatures most of the tme and keep it away from cooling panels such as air conditioners or windows with direct sunlight. It’s best to install it on an interior wall.
- Keep windows and shades closed (especially during the summer months) as much as possible when you’re not home. This blocks the sun’s rays that heat your home and raising your a/c unit.
- Dehumidifiers are cost effective and work well with your HVAC system to regulate the air and keep down humidity. High humidity is the number 1 cause of faulty A/C units because of how much harder the units need to work to pump air through the home.
- Clean the coils, indoors and outdoors before the warmer weather hit. A dirty duct will reduce the amount of energy being dispersed throughout the home.
Do you have questions or concerns about your current HVAC system or thermostat settings? Contact our Air Conditioning Xperts to help you so you can be on your way to saving on energy costs.