Summer is fast approaching here in southwest Florida, and here is a question we get asked very often. What is the best thermostat setting for summer in Florida? Well, there’s no SET number, it really depends on you and your comfort level. You can have the best, most expensive air conditioning unit on the market, but if it isn’t set properly, it won’t run as efficiently as it could.
The bottom line is that you want to be comfortable. Living in the Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Sarasota area of Florida means your summer is going to be hot and humid. The most important thing your air conditioner can do for you is to keep the house cool and the humidity at bay. You want the house to be cool enough that it won’t feel humid inside.
On average, every degree you set your temperature higher, you will save 2% on your energy bill. You also don’t need it to be as cool inside when the temperatures are lower. This makes having a programmable thermostat both useful and a money saver. If you program it to run at a higher temperature while you’re sleeping or not at home your energy bill won’t be as high.
Here are a few other things to keep in mind when it comes to air conditioners in the summer. To keep them running in tip top shape, they should be maintained at least twice per year. The air filters should also be changed on a regular basis. When they’re old and clogged up the air won’t flow through them as efficiently as it should. Older units won’t have as good of an energy rating as newer models will. And it’s important to have an ac unit that is properly sized for your home.