How to Maximize Cooling with Your Programmable Thermostat
During the hot summer months, keeping your Orange Park, Florida, home cool and comfortable is important. Discover how you can use your programmable thermostat more effectively to increase cooling efficiency and savings this summer.
Raise the Temperature When You Sleep
While you’re sleeping, your body temperature decreases. Overnight, your home doesn’t need to be as cool as during the day when you have to contend with solar heat gain and increased physical activities. Increasing the temperature setting at night saves energy, which can likewise save you money on your monthly energy bills.
To increase energy efficiency, set your programmable thermostat to gradually increase and decrease temperatures based on your needs and schedule. By gradually increasing the temperature setting of your home 60 minutes before you go to sleep and gradually lowering it 30 minutes before you wake up, you can keep your home comfortable day and night.
Program for Comfort and Savings
When you program your thermostat to raise and lower the temperature automatically, you can keep your home comfortable, so temperatures are ideal when you wake up in the morning or arrive home after work. Using the settings built into your thermostat, you can program your air conditioner to increase the temperature 20 minutes before you leave and to start restoring comfortable temperatures before you arrive home each day. These adjustments can make your home feel comfortable throughout your day. Programming your thermostat in this way can lead to significant energy savings over the course of a month or a season.
Set Your Programmable Thermostat as Recommended
To ensure you are using your thermostat correctly, and to increase efficiency, comfort, and savings, try to observe the settings recommended by the U.S. Department of Energy. Set your thermostat about 78 degrees while you’re home, and let the temperature rise to 88 degrees while you’re away.
Use the settings on your programmable thermostat to reach the recommended temperatures that can help you to keep your home cool. Merritt Heating & Air Conditioning provides HVAC system services that include installing programmable thermostats in homes in Orange Park and the surrounding area. Call us today at 904-262-5926 to speak with one of our specialists.