Adjust to Optimal Thermostat Temperatures for Energy Savings

energy savingsDuring South Florida’s long cooling season, homeowners want to save every dollar they can on their utility bills. The efficiency of modern HVAC systems has been improved to the degree where great savings are possible when combined with an energy-saving regimen in the home.

Here are some ways to optimize energy savings with your air conditioner this summer.

Adjust Your Thermostat

Whether you have an analog, programmable or Wi-fi thermostat, you can adjust it to save money. For instance, you can try running it at the recommended temperature of 78 degrees during the summer when everyone is home and active. Then, try adjusting it upward, as much as 7 degrees, when everyone leaves home for the day. Monitor conditions in your home when you do this, especially if you have pets and plants.

If 78 degrees seems too warm for some of your home’s occupants, try running ceiling or portable fans.

Seal Up Your Home

The tighter your home’s envelope, the better your air conditioner will perform. Seal up minute cracks in the home’s exterior walls and foundation with weatherstripping, caulk and insulation. This will help keep your conditioned air inside and unconditioned air outside.

Block the Sun

Close drapes, shutters and blinds to keep out solar radiation that heats up your home.

Control Humidity

Make sure your HVAC system filter is changed frequently. This will help your system remove humidity properly from the home’s air. High humidity can make your home’s occupants feel warmer than they should at 78 degrees. When the air is drier, they will feel more comfortable. Look into a dehumidifier if your home’s relative humidity is always more than 50 percent; also, look for leaks that may be contributing to high humidity and have them fixed.

Schedule Maintenance

The best HVAC equipment will not perform up to its potential unless it is well maintained. Schedule regular maintenance every year on your air conditioner and your heating equipment and it will run more efficiently.

For more on adjusting temperatures for energy savings, contact NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating. We serve Martin, Palm and Indian River counties.

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