You could have the best air conditioning system on the market but all the bells and whistles won’t matter if you don’t know how to use your thermostat efficiently. Sure, you can run your air conditioning system on the auto setting year-round, but you won’t enjoy maximum comfort or peak energy efficiency.
With summer on the way, it’s especially important for Florida homeowners to know the best settings for their thermostat. Not sure what to do? Our easy guide details the best thermostat settings for optimal efficiency and comfort.
What Should I Set My Thermostat to in the Summer?
Florida tends to be pretty mild year-round, with warm temperatures and high humidity starting in the spring and going full force in the summer.
As Florida starts warming in the spring and summer, we recommend keeping your thermostat between 76 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit during the day if you or your loved ones are home. If your home is mostly vacant during the day, you can set your thermostat a few degrees higher to save energy. If you prefer your home slightly warmer than the 76 to 78 range, you can adjust as necessary and supplement with fans.
Summer Energy-Saving Tips For Florida Homeowners
In addition to keeping your thermostat set the recommended temperatures, here are other easy ways you can keep your home cool for less this summer.
Use those ceiling fans!
Using your ceiling fans can keep your home cooler than you might think. In fact, a good fan will allow you to raise your temperature about four or so degrees while maintaining the same level of comfort.
Draw the blinds during the warmest times of the day
The sun is great for a day at the beach, but not so much for keeping your home cool. Although we love the sun pouring into our homes, it can heat your home and make it harder for your air conditioning system to cool it down. You don’t need to keep the blinds drawn all the time — but doing so during the warmest times of the day will help.
Switch to LED bulbs
LED bulbs use 75 percent less energy and last twice as long as traditional bulbs. They also put off less heat and can help keep your home a comfortable temperature.
Have a BBQ
Summertime is meant for chilling and grilling outside. What’s better is that cooking outside significantly reduces heat in your home since your oven and stove won’t be on.
Learn More Energy Saving Tips for Summer at Sansone
At Sansone, your home’s comfort is our top priority. We understand cooling your home without spending an arm and a leg can feel impossible at times. But by using these easy tips, you can save this spring, summer and beyond without sacrificing comfort. If you have any questions about your thermostat settings or programmable thermostats, contact us today. We also share quick tips and tricks on how to get the most out of your air conditioning system on our blog, so be sure to check in regularly.