Getting the most out of your air conditioning system means adapting your temperature settings to the seasons. But while northerners have real seasons, it’s a different story in the Sunshine State. Knowing what to set your thermostat on for the most efficient heating and cooling isn’t exactly black and white for Florida homeowners. But fortunately, there are a few best practices you can follow to boost your home’s comfort while ensuring energy savings year-round. Read on to learn what Florida homeowners should set their thermostats on in the winter.
Winter Thermostat Settings For Florida Homeowner’s
There is a lot of information on the internet about what to set your thermostat to in the winter to save money. However, many websites encourage homeowners to set their thermostats to ridiculous temperatures all for the sake of saving a few bucks. Your home should be comfortable, which is why it’s important to find a balance between temperature and energy savings. For this reason, we recommend setting your thermostat to 72 degrees Fahrenheit if you’re at home. If you can, aim for closer to 68 degrees Fahrenheit. If you’re not at home in the daytime, we recommend 66 degrees Fahrenheit to 62 degrees Fahrenheit.
Other Best Practices For Energy Savings
Besides following our suggestions for temperature settings on your thermostat, here are extra tips can follow to help save energy this winter without sacrificing comfort.
1. Gradually change the thermostat settings
If you hate the cold but also want to save money on your energy bills, we suggest easing into the Florida winter. All this means is to simply set your thermostat at your desired temperature and then gradually lower the thermostat by one degree as you acclimate to the colder weather. You will be surprised at how much money you can save with just a one-degree reduction.
2. Seal cracks around the windows and doors
Sealing cracks around the windows and doors is an easy step you can take to prevent warm air from escaping your air during the cool months. Even small cracks can let a significant amount of cold air in, which will decrease your home’s comfort, put stress on your AC, and increase your energy costs.
3. Invest in a programmable thermostat
Do you have a programmable thermostat? If not, we highly recommend investing in one. A programmable thermostat can seriously improve the comfort of your home while making your home more efficient too. There is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to comfort, but a programmable thermostat can simplify the chore of creating optimal settings.
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At Energy Air, we understand that a cold front can leave Florida homeowners unsure of how to properly warm their home without increased energy costs. By following our easy tips, you can save money this winter without sacrificing comfort for you and your family. If you have any questions about your thermostat settings or programmable thermostats, or if you’d like additional energy-saving tips, contact us today.