Saving money during the hot Largo, Florida, summers is a challenge when you are trying to keep your home comfortable. Many people want to find that balance between staying comfortable and maximizing the efficiency of their HVAC system. Although there is an ideal range to set your thermostat for efficiency, there are other factors to consider in finding the most efficient temperature so you save money and maintain comfort.
Is There a Magic Number?
There won’t be a magic number if there are several persons in the house. What feels ideal for one might be too hot or too cold for another etc.
For the maximum efficiency of your HVAC system, it is recommended that you set your thermostat to about 78 degrees when at home. If you are away during the day, or the weekend, or on vacation, then the magic number is about 85 degrees. Your HVAC system won’t have to struggle to get your home to a comfortable temperature when you return, but you will still save energy. These numbers might not work for everyone and every region, but they give you an idea of the best way to effectively program your thermostat.
Some people find that 78 degrees would be too warm while others could turn it up a notch and still be comfortable. If this number doesn’t work for you or your family, then expect to pay about one to three percent higher or lower for every degree below or above 78 degrees.
Adjusting Your Programmable Thermostat
You are also losing energy if you do not have a programmable thermostat installed since you’re not maximizing your AC’s potential. It is difficult to adjust a traditional thermostat one or two degrees and you can’t control your thermostat as easily to make changes during the day. With a programmable thermostat, you can program your thermostat to warm up during the day while you are gone, and be cooled back down by the time you get home.
If you want to maximize the efficiency of your HVAC unit, you may also want to consider investing in home automation or a smart thermostat. With a Wi-Fi enabled thermostat, you can control your thermostat with your smartphone. The more control you have over your HVAC system, the more efficient it will be.
Other Factors to Consider
The humidity level in your home doesn’t necessarily affect the temperature in your home, but it does affect how hot you feel. If the humidity level in your home is high, you may be tempted to crank the AC to combat that moisture since higher humidity levels makes your home feel warmer. Make sure your home is properly ventilated and consider buying a dehumidifier to keep the humidity levels stable in your home. Just be careful not to remove too much moisture from your home.
Ideally, the humidity level in your home should be about between 30 and 50 percent. Any higher than 50 percent and your home will feel warmer than it should plus you run into health risks if the relative humidity in your home is too high. There are also health hazards with the humidity level being too low in your home as well.
Maximizing the Efficiency
Finding the right temperature for your comfort and efficiency is the first step in maximizing the energy savings. However, the temperature setting doesn’t mean that much if you are losing energy throughout your home. To optimize the effectiveness of your HVAC system, take steps to make sure you aren’t losing extra energy through your system and home. A home energy audit is a good place to start with this endeavor.
Schedule preventative maintenance to make sure your system is operating well. Make sure you check your filters regularly to ensure they aren’t clogged and preventing proper airflow. Double check that your ducts are sealed tightly, so air doesn’t escape. You should also head up to the attic to check the insulation in your home. Make sure that all your vents are open throughout your home, and that your windows and doors aren’t leaking air.
Preventative maintenance can help make sure your system is running as efficiently as possible. Schedule an appointment with United Air by calling 727-531-0496. If you have other questions about the efficiency of your HVAC systems, we want to help. Give us a call to schedule an appointment or speak with an experienced professional about all your HVAC needs.
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