Optimized Thermostat Settings To Save Money
In the tropics of SW Florida, weather is the main culprit of our high energy bills. If you are unsure what thermostat setting is best, you could be spending more money on energy than necessary.
So today we are addressing one of the “hottest” questions homeowners ask; what is the best thermostat setting to save money?
Optimized Thermostat Settings Facts
First and foremost, you want to be comfortable. Your optimal thermostat settings will vary depending on your location, lifestyle, and temperature preferences.
According to www.energy.gov, homeowners can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling by simply adjusting the thermostat 7°-10°F for 8 hours a day from its normal setting.
Pro Tip: The general recommendation is to keep the difference between indoor and outdoor temperatures small. The smaller the difference, the lower your overall energy bill will be.
A common misconception associated with thermostats is that an AC unit will work harder than normal to cool the space back to a comfortable temperature. In reality, HVAC systems work by either being on or off; there is no speed.
Therefore, whether you lower the temperature one degree or 10 degrees, it will take the same amount of time to reach your desired setting. We recommend gradually modifying the temperature until you reach your desired comfort level.
Recommended AC Settings To Save Money
During the summer, we recommend maintaining your home at 78° or warmer with the thermostat switch on “Auto”. When you are away or asleep, set it a few degrees higher.
The rule of thumb is, the higher the better. A higher interior temperature will slow the flow of heat into your house, which means less wear-n-tear on your AC and savings for you.
Pro Tip: Your AC system is also dehumidifying your home, so avoid turning your AC off. It is best to keep the AC turned on, even when away from home.
Optimized Thermostat Settings For Heaters
Although we have very mild winters in SW Florida, we do experience some chilly cold spells. As a result, some of us do turn on the heat.
Therefore, our recommendation is to set the thermostat to 65°- 68°F while you’re awake and a bit lower while you sleep or are away. This will contribute to your savings.
Smart Thermostats To Save Money
Smart thermostats have loads of benefits including the convenience of adjusting your home’s temperature from your phone, anywhere, anytime. And for those who like the manual function, you can still adjust smart thermostats manually.
FPL (Florida Power and Light) states energy savings are about $50 a year on cooling expenses after testing a variety of smart thermostats in South Florida single-family homes. We are happy to offer several recommendations.
Contact Us For Optimized Thermostat Settings
Let us know what questions you have about AC repair or anything HVAC. Give us a call and talk live with one of our friendly customer service representatives, (239) 693-9005