How Should I Set My Thermostat?
Mar 15, 2017
In Florida, your air conditioning works overtime to keep your family comfortable. While there are various energy efficient models on the market, your utility bill can still run high to maintain your preferred temperature inside.
So how do you control your budget while still keeping a comfortable indoor environment? The answer starts with how you set and adjust your thermostat. While we will offer general setting suggestions, make sure you take your own personal comfort levels into consideration and adjust appropriately.
Recommended Thermostat Settings
The recommended setting for your thermostat is heavily dependent on the environment outside. Florida’s climate is typically pretty warm year around, but we do have our cooler season to balance out the summer’s sweltering heat.
We recommend a base thermostat setting of 78 for your home. For every degree higher you set your indoor temperature, you save approximately six to eight percent of of your home energy bill.
You will also want to elevate your thermostat’s temperature while you are out of the house for an extended period of time. This extended period of time should fall under periods of four hours or more, as it takes time for your system to adjust to a new temperature setting.
Thankfully, monitoring your home temperature has become exponentially easier due to new technology called programmable thermostats.
About Programmable Thermostats
Most people when they think of programmable thermostats think of the “Nest” system. However, this isn’t the universal solution for every air conditioning system owner. Install isn’t always easy for the Nest system, nor does it learn your habits overnight.
On top of it all, the Nest has no enhanced humidity control feature, which is important in climates like Southwest Florida. The good news is that there are other thermostat options available that are catered toward the needs of southwest Florida residents.
An excellent example is the Trane XL950. This advanced thermostat technology does it all! From remote monitoring and control, to humidity regulation, weather forecast access, and energy consumption monitoring, you’ll discover control over your energy bill like never before.
Evaluate Your AC’s Energy Efficiency
Do you feel like you’re spending more than you should on your energy bill? Perhaps you would like to know whether you can save even more? Your thermostat isn’t the only influence on your energy bill. The type of air conditioning unit you own and whether or not it is running at its optimal performance plays a significant role in how much you save—or spend.
If you would like to learn more about how you can save money, contact FL Green Team at 239.432.1500. We are a licensed HVAC contractor located in Fort Myers and serving the surrounding Southwest Florida area.