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During a hot, sticky summer in Siesta Key, Florida, staying cool and comfortable is a top priority. That doesn’t mean you want your HVAC system to waste energy as it works hard to cool your home down, though. Follow these four tips to set your thermostat for optimal comfort and energy savings.

Choose the Right Thermostat Model

When you’re shopping around for programmable thermostats, you’ll find both seven-day and five+two-day models. Opt for a seven-day model to give yourself the greatest flexibility in scheduling, as this type of device allows you to program different temperature settings for each day of the week.

Program the Thermostat for Home and Away

Once you have the thermostat in place, program your standard weekly schedule. For optimal comfort, program the thermostat to 68 degrees while you’re home and awake to enjoy the cool air. For maximum energy savings, dial the device back by several degrees while you’re asleep or away at work or school. By setting the temperature back for 10 hours during the day and eight hours overnight, you’ll save as much as $180 on your utility bill over the course of a year.

Override for Additional Savings

When you have a schedule change, just press the thermostat’s hold button to override the programmed settings. If you’re heading out of town for a few days, use the vacation mode to save energy while you’re away and get the thermostat back up to speed right before you return home.

If your family’s schedule changes frequently or if it’s often unpredictable, consider a smart thermostat instead of a programmable model. Smart thermostats allow you to make scheduling adjustments on the go, whether you’re at home, at the office, or across town. Some models, known as learning thermostats, also get to know your schedule and adjust the comfort settings accordingly.

Whether you’re in the market for a smart thermostat, a new air conditioner, or advanced air quality components, we have what you’re looking for. Call (941) 306-3715 to consult with the HVAC experts at Aqua Plumbing and Air.

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