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One of the best money-saving upgrades you can make to your Sarasota, Florida, home is to install a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat helps reduce your HVAC system’s energy use, saving money. However, avoid making the following thermostat mistakes that will cost money rather than save money.

Setting the Wrong Temperature

The ideal HVAC temperature varies from home to home. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends a temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit during winter and 78 degrees during summer. Play around with the temperature setting until you find a comfortable temperature. Keep the indoor temperature as close to the outdoor temperature as you can, as this is the most energy-efficient way to run an HVAC system.

Adjusting the Temperature Frequently

While adjusting the temperature of your thermostat to a more energy-efficient temperature is advisable at night and when you’re not home, be careful not to change the temperature too often during the day to a wide variance between the outdoor and indoor temperatures. This could result in more frequent repairs to your HVAC system and shorten the unit’s lifespan.

Switching the HVAC Off When Leaving Home

If you live in a mild climate, it makes sense to switch the HVAC off when you are not home. However, in our area where temperatures are more extreme, it is best to leave it on but set back the temperature. This will keep your house from becoming too hot, which can result in dampness, humidity, or biological growth.

Using the Override Function Too Often

A programmable thermostat allows you to set different temperatures at different times of the day to save energy. If you want to temporarily adjust the temperature without changing the programmed setting, you can use the override function. However, don’t use the override function too often as you’ll lose the energy-saving advantage. Aim to keep the temperature unchanged for at least eight hours to enjoy the energy-saving benefits.

Using your thermostat correctly can improve your Sarasota home’s energy efficiency. To upgrade to a programmable thermostat, contact Aqua Plumbing & Air at 941-306-3715.

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