The Best Summer Thermostat Settings For Comfort and Savings

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The battle for the best summer temperature setting continues to be a debate between family members. Some believe that setting the temperature low will ensure maximum coolness and comfort. While many believe that 78º is the sweet spot. No matter which side you stand on, we are here to layout our best recommendations for the ultimate comfort—without breaking the bank.

The truth is, there is no one size fits all solution to this question. There are a few factors to consider when setting your thermostat during the summer. First, the ideal temperature for when you are at home and when you are away is different. This is one of the advantages of a programmable (smart) thermostat.

When you’re home, the objective is to keep the house cool and comfortable. According to Energy Star, you should set your thermostat to 78º when you’re at home and active for maximum cooling and energy efficiency. Before you do your victory dance for being right, let’s consider the ideal temperature setting for when you’re away from home.

During the day when you’re away at work or doing other activities outside of the home, the ideal temperature setting is 85º. The objective here is to keep the house from becoming too warm while also maintaining efficiency. When you’re away there’s no reason to have your air conditioner running constantly all day. It’s inefficient and it’s a waste of energy.

We recommend setting up a schedule that will begin bringing the temperature down to 78º when you’re headed home. This will create the perfect environment for your arrival without the higher energy costs. But what about at night? As we said, there is no one size fits all.

When it’s time for bed, we recommend increasing the temperature to 82º. Don’t think that’s cool enough? Try leveraging a fan to help circulate the cool air in your bedrooms. If you really just can’t bear it because you tend to run hot at night, lower the temperature one degree at a time.

In addition to using the ideal thermostat settings, you can also leverage a few simple tips to help maximum summer comfort without increasing costs. During the hottest part of the day, minimize the use of appliances such as ovens, washers and dryers, and other appliances that use a lot of energy and give off heat. Use block out curtains or shades and leverage shrubs and trees outside the home to keep excess sun from shining in. Be sure to turn off lights and televisions in rooms that are not in use. In combination with our thermostat recommendations, you’ll create a comfortable home this summer—and an affordable utility bill.

Understand that these are just guidelines to help create the happy medium between comfort and cost savings. Have questions or need recommendations for the best programmable thermostat. Contact us or give us a call at (813) 929-4295. We will use our experience and expertise to hep you find the perfect thermostat for your needs. Stay cool this summer.

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