There is no reason to overwork your air conditioner when you are away from home. Keeping your home cool when you are away is not just silly, it can be pretty expensive. Below are tips choosing the right temp for any situation here in beautiful SWFL:
LCEC recommends setting your A/C to 78 degrees Fahrenheit while home, and 83 degrees if you will be gone for more than two hours. Each degree below the recommended temperature of 78 degrees adds eight percent to cooling costs.
Set your thermostat to 68 degrees Fahrenheit while home, and 65 when you leave your home. Heating is the most intense use of electric energy in the average home, is the most expensive electric appliance and costs two to three times more than cooling so use it wisely!
If you are planning to get away, it is wise to keep the A/C set at 83 degrees or higher. Remember to keep your curtains closed to keep your home from being overly hot when you return.
Leaving home for the season:
Seasonal residents should consider what type of thermostat they have before deciding how to leave their A/C while leaving their homes for extended periods of time.
• Manual thermostats should be set to 77 degrees if you live in a condo, and 80 degrees if you live in a home. This will keep mold from growing in your home while still keeping your electric bill reasonable.
• Programmable thermostats should be set to 72 degrees for two hours every morning before sunrise and then 83 degrees for the remainder of the day. Doing this will ward off mold when the air is cool and humidity is high. Keep in mind that programmable thermostats can save you up to 28 percent in cooling costs so programmable thermostats are a fantastic way to save money on cooling your home!
• Consider using portable dehumidifiers, set to 58 percent, by sinks and showers. Be very careful to only put dehumidifiers in places where the water runs into a drain.
For more energy saving tips, visit lcec.net.
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