Recommended Thermostat Settings For Summer

August 21, 2019

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The U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency released a new Energy Star report this week for the recommended thermostat settings for energy efficiency of 78° F when you’re home, 85° F when you’re at work or away and 82° F when you’re sleeping. The suggestions have come with several criticisms, especially for us living in Florida. However the Department of Energy estimates you’ll save about 3% on your utility bill for every degree you raise the temperature on your central air. Although it may seem unobtainable, you can set these new recommendations as a goal. Start by raising the room temperature by one degree and allowing your body to become accustom to the new temperature.  Then raise it by one degree again until you reach the recommended settings. Replace your current thermostat with one you can control from your phone. That will make it easy to adjust when you are away from home and on your way to it. Also, use ceiling and box fans to circulate the air in your house. Keep the shades and curtains drawn against the sun to keep temperatures from rising more inside the home and avoid using your washer, dryer, and dishwasher during the heat of the day. Also, make sure you use the exhaust fans in your kitchen when you’re cooking or in the bathroom when you’re taking a shower. Keep in mind we have a unique relationship with humidity in Florida and raising the temperature can lead to mold growth.  So consider using a dehumidifier which uses much less energy than your AC.

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