Setting Your A/C Thermostat While Your On Vacation

What Temperature Should I Set My Thermostat To When going on Vacation?

Summer Sweet Spot For Your Thermostat While Your On Vacation.

Thermostat Port Richey FloridaSummer vacations are taking place throughout Florida. One of the bigger debates among homeowners when preparing to depart is “thermostat on or thermostat off?” This is a common conversation that many homeowners have when leaving the house.

Unless you have a programmable thermostat, turning your thermostat completely off is not a good option for any Florida homeowner. Inside heat temperatures can raise well into the 90’s leaving your home susceptible to mildew and mold spores. Florida residents who travel during the cooler months may be able to depart leaving their thermostat on “auto” mode keeping the air circulating but this is not the best option if traveling during the summer months.

According to Energy Experts at Florida Power & Light Company the ideal temperature while away should be around 80 degrees for a manual thermostat. A benefit of having a programmable thermostat is that the temperature during the day can be set to as high as 88 degrees and cooled gradually during the nighttime hours. This being said no pets were at home at this time of vacancy. If pet’s are in the home 80 degrees may not be suitable for all indoor pet’s.

The “sweet spot” temperature for summer savings while your away is 80 degrees! Enjoy your summer vacation from All Star Heating and Air Conditioning!


Smart vs Programmable Thermostats

New Port Richey Florida Smart ThermostatsSmart vs Programmable Thermostats In The Tampa Bay, Florida Area

Heating and air conditioning costs can reach well over 50% of your homes energy bill each month. Themostats and having precise control of your temperature play a major role in your electic bill each month. The benefits and features vary between Programmable Thermostats and Smart Thermonstats. One similarty is that they can both save you money on your electric bill each month. We have selected some of the major features of each thermostat and will help you determine which one is right for you.

Programmable Thermostats

Programmable Thermostats will reduce cooling expenses up to 20 percent or more when properly operated. A major benifit of programmable thermostats is that it allows you to program the thermostat based upon your scedule, thus saving energy when your not home.
Their are a wide variety of Progammable Thermostat models that are avalaible. This will allow you to match your household habits and program them easily into your system. This is very helpful because it allows different cooling cycles to operate which can be set differently for each day of the week.

Smart Thermostats

Smart Thermostats allow many of the same features but with added benefits. A Smart Thermostat allows easy programing through a Wi-Fi connection. This feature allows you to program your thermostat through your computer, smart phone or mobile device. It will monitor your household routine and recognizes when family members return home. When the home is unoccupied the themostat recognizes this and will save the consumer energy. This can reduce cooling costs over 20 percent and can improve air conditioning efficiency. Select models provide self-adjustment based on conditions such as humidity and will notify you when the temperature adjustments occur. On select features you can operate lights in the home making it appear occupied when your not home. Another great feature of some models is that it provides notification when a filter needs to be changed, or maintenance issues occur, and when programmed it can even notify your HVAC technician.

Making the Decision

Select Programmable Thermostats when the following applies:

  • You leave the A/C running or forget to adjust the thermostat before leaving.
  • You want the advantage of using rate discounts.
  • Saving energy is a priority.

Select a Smart Thermostat if the following applies:

  • You prefer the thermostat to program itself.
  • You do not mind spending extra for advanced features.
  • You have an irregular schedule.
  • You prefer the convenience of adjusting the thermostat remotely.
  • When monitoring, tracking, and charting energy usage to identify waste and ways to save energy and money are compelling.

Both thermostats are a great chocie and will help you save money. All Star Heating & Cooling can help you chose the specific thermostat that will fit your needs best . If you have any questions please contact us and we will be happy to assist you. All Star offers convenient 24-hour emergency services for after-hours air conditioning repairs. Our certified technicians have extensive experience in all brands of HVAC thermostats and systems. We proudly serve Pasco, Hernando, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Citrus, Sumter, Lake, Manatee, and Marion Counties. We are also a member of the BBB and have an A+ rating.

COVID-19 Response Plan

All Star Heating & Cooling has been deemed an essential business and will remain open for business and will to continue to provide the same excellent HVAC services to our community and is ready to take care of all of your heating and cooling needs. We specialize in indoor air quality and indoor air purification system installation.

With the current health crises and stay-at-home order issued to all Florida residents, we want to assure you that All Star Heating & Cooling is always prepared and ready to serve our community even in the toughest of times. We take pride in providing customers with the highest quality products and services. Our focus is to deliver the same great customer service even in the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic. This is why we have taken the following steps outlined below to keep SAFETY & HOME COMFORT our top priority, while performing any new installation or maintenance on your home's heating and cooling system during the COVID-19 pandemic, making sure it is safe for you and our technician.

The steps we have implemented during the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Our team will be following all the hygiene recommendations of the CDC as applicable. Each technician has disposable gloves to wear, and is carrying anti-bacterial soap and water so that they can wash their hands after every call.
  • All trucks and tools will be cleaned on a daily basis.
  • If you have experienced any illness in your home or have been in contact with someone known to have experienced illness, please let the dispatcher know so we can take proper precautions for our technician’s health and anyone they interact with during their day.
  • Per social distancing, we will not be shaking hands (although we will greet you with a smile).
  • We have waived the requirement for you to sign a tablet or paper at the completion of work, a simple verbal OK will now be taken as acceptance.
  • If it is necessary for us to repair your indoor unit (located in a closet or your laundry room) we will limit the amount of time spent in the home to the best of our abilities.
  • During a regular Maintenance tune-up we may ask you to raise or lower the temperature on your thermostat so that our technician does not have to enter your home.

All Star Heating & Cooling has always put safety first and we will continue to take the necessary precautions in order to keep our commitment to all of you. Thank you for choosing All Star Heating & Cooling!