Ideal Thermostat Settings for Summer with Kids Out of School

thermostat settingsSummer is here, and the kids are home. How should you adjust your thermostat and your HVAC schedule accordingly? Is there a way to enjoy a cool, comfortable home without excessively high energy bills? With the right thermostat setting, the answer is yes! Even in the hot summer heat of Florida, you can use your thermostat to effectively protect the temperature of your home and keep everyone cool, day and night.

Choose the Right Setting When You Are Home

First, set the temperature correctly in your home for those times when you are home. Set the air conditioning to around 78 degrees. This may seem warmer than you would like, but remember that the air conditioner will not only reduce the temperature, but also the humidity. Dry air feels much cooler than humid air.

Change the Setting for Times When You Aren’t Home

In Florida, you probably don’t want to shut the air conditioning off completely when you aren’t home. This will make it too hard for the system to adjust when you are ready to return home. However, you can raise the temperature by as many as 10 degrees during the hours when you aren’t going to be home. Use your programmable thermostat to make this HVAC schedule automatic. Make sure you set the system to go back to your comfort setting about 20 to 30 minutes before your expected return time.

Do the same thing at night. Cooler outside temperatures mean you don’t need it quite as cool inside while you are sleeping, so bump up the temperature a bit. By doing this, you will reduce your energy bills without hurting your family’s comfort. Make sure to set up the thermostat so it will go back to your comfort point about 30 minutes before you wake up for the day.

Remember, your programmable thermostat is your best tool to help keep your home comfortable and your energy bills reasonable. To learn more about how to use your thermostat effectively and how to create an effective HVAC schedule, please contact NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Martin, Palm Beach, St. Lucie and Indian River Counties in Florida about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 772-207-1658. 

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