Having an efficient air conditioning system is only one part of the equation. If you don’t know how to use your thermostat efficiently, you won’t get the most out of your system.
With the hot Florida summer approaching, now is the right time for any Florida homeowner to know the best temperature to set their thermostat to during the warmest months.
If you’re not sure where to start, our quick guidelines detail the best thermostat settings for optimal efficiency and comfort during summer.
Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer
If there’s one thing Florida homeowners can count on, it’s hot summers. As the Sunshine State starts warming up (which as we all now can really happen during any month of the year!), it’s time to adjust your thermostat settings to your advantage.
At Blair’s Air, we recommend homeowners keep their thermostat between 76 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit during the day so long as someone is home. If your home is mostly empty during the day, setting your thermostat a few degrees higher can save energy.
This is an ideal setting for both comfort and efficiency.
5 Summer Energy-Saving Tips
Your thermostat isn’t the only factor that can help you save energy. In conjunction with keeping your thermostat on the above temperatures, these tips can keep your home cool for less this summer.
1. Use your ceiling fans
Lots of people underestimate their ceiling fans, but this simple appliance can keep your home cooler for less when used in conjunction with your HVAC system. In fact, an efficient fan will allow you to raise the temperature to about five degrees on your thermostat while maintaining the same level of comfort.
2. Draw the curtains during the warmest times of the day
Natural light is nice and all, but the sun can raise the temperature in your home. As a result, your AC has to work harder to keep your home cool. Drawing the blinds during the brightest hours of the day can help keep your home cool for less.
3. Switch to energy-efficient light bulbs
LED bulbs use 75% less energy and last twice as long as traditional bulbs. They also put off less heat and can help keep your home at a comfortable temperature.
4. Avoid using products that give off heat
Do you use products that give off lots of excess heat? Things like your hair dryer and even your clothes dryer can raise the temperature in your home if it’s not well ventilated. If you can, try to keep your usage to a minimum during the warmest hours of the day.
5. Cook outdoors
Your oven and stove top can seriously raise the temperature inside of your home. If possible, try opting for meals that don’t require your oven and stovetop to be on for long periods of time. This is a great excuse to invite your friends over for an outdoor BBQ.
Save Money on Your Energy Bills This Summer With Blair’s Air
Beating the summer heat in Florida can feel like a full time job. But with the right settings on your thermostat, you can maximize your comfort without raising your energy costs. If you have questions about your thermostat, we can help. Give us a call today to learn more and be sure to check out our blog for more easy tips for saving.
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