What Temperature Should My Thermostat Be Set On?
When it comes to setting the thermostat, most homeowners just pick a temperature and hope it’s right. However, just because it feels alright inside doesn’t mean your air conditioner is running efficiently. Your thermostat setting could be costing you money. Find out the best temperatures to help you stay comfortable in your home and cut back on your electricity bill.
During the Summer
When it starts to get warmer outside, most homeowners are looking for a way to stay cool, without running up a huge electricity bill. The recommended temperature while you’re in the home during the summer is between 75 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit. While this may seem like a higher temperature than you want, it’s the best temperature for comfort and savings.
For every degree you raise your thermostat above 78 degrees, you could save eight percent in energy costs. For added comfort and savings, you can add a ceiling fan to help you stay cool.
During the Winter
While it doesn’t get too cold in Florida during the winter, you will still want to adjust your thermostat to save money. Keeping the temperature set between 68 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit can help cut costs.
While You’re at Work
Many homeowners think they can save the most money when they go to work by switching off their system, then turning it back on when they get home. However, the amount of energy needed to completely re-cool or heat your home may end up being more than the amount used to maintain a constant temperature all day long.
For the most savings, simply raise your thermostat about 5 degrees, so it is closer to the temperature outside but won’t be too hard to cool down later on.
If you’re going away for an extended period of time, you will want to leave your air conditioner on. Air conditioners do more than just cool your home’s air, they also control humidity. Having too much humidity in the home can lead to toxic organic growths that damage your home, and can ruin furniture and other valuables. The last thing any family wants is to come home from vacation to find humidity damage.
Raising your thermostat 5 to 10 degrees will help keep your home safe, as well as cut back on energy costs. Plus, having your condenser unit running will give the appearance that someone is home, making your home less of a target for crime.
Always Get the Perfect Temperature
Today, the market is filled with many different makes and models of “smart” thermostats. They can learn your schedule, and will automatically adjust to the most money saving temperature. There are some models that can even be controlled from your phone.
Take the guesswork out of setting your thermostat. Call Sea Coast Air Conditioning today! We offer a wide selection of smart thermostats, and will help you find the perfect one. Just call or schedule your appointment online for a free estimate!