What Temperature Should You Set Your Thermostat?
The cool air conditioning in your home offers a sweet escape from the hot summer heat outside, especially in South Florida. Your electricity bill is bound to shoot up in the summertime, as you’re cranking up the AC to stay cool. In attempts to keep the costs down, you may try to conserve energy and turn the air up. However, this may not be the best method – especially if you live with other people. So, what really is the best temperature to set your thermostat during the summer? Below are some tips to help you find the perfect balance between saving money and keeping comfortable at home.
The Best Temperature Settings When You’re Home
In order to both stay comfortable and save money during the summer, the recommended thermostat settings are 78 degrees Fahrenheit when you’re at home, and even when you’re sleeping.1 This temperature will allow for you to stay cool and avoid an unusually high electricity bill during the summer. If you’re less tolerant to heat, you can lower your thermostat 1-degree Fahrenheit at a time to see how it affects your comfort.
The Temperature to Set Your AC When You’re Not Home
If you stick with turning your AC up to 78 degrees when you’re at home, you can take it up a bit and turn up the air conditioning 7-10 degrees higher when you’re not home. This includes while you’re away, at work, or even out of the house for more than two hours.
Things You Can Do to Maximize Cooling in Your Home During the Summer
- Hang curtains or blinds that block the sunlight and prevent the heat from penetrating through your windows.
- Make sure all doors and windows are properly sealed so hot air does not seep in.
- Limit use of the oven or stove until the sun goes down.
- Use ceiling fans and standing fans for a wind chill effect.
- Invest in a programmable smart thermostat.
In the summer months, raising your AC could really make a difference on your utility bills. At All Brands Corp. AC Inc., we can provide you with more information on programmable thermostats that automatically adjust the heating and cooling temperature in your house. Of course, you can always override these settings at any time without interrupting the set programming.
Contact All Brands Corp. AC Inc. today for more information on AC, thermostats, cooling systems, and more. We’re your go-to HVAC contractors in the Florida Keys and beyond.