What Temperature Should I Set My Thermostat To When going on Vacation?
Summer Sweet Spot For Your Thermostat While Your On Vacation.
Summer 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 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 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 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.