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Does Programmable Temperature Control Help Lower Your Utility Bill?

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In South Florida, indoor temperature control is part of our everyday life – shifting the thermostat up or down to find that perfect temperature. One of the most energy-efficient and convenient ways is to have a programmable temperature control.

Why Should You Make The Switch?

Not only does a programmable temperature control cut down on your constant supervising of the thermostat, but it’s going to help you save on your monthly energy bills.

Finding the most sustainable and environmentally friendly options in all areas of your home is of increasing importance and since heating and cooling tend to account for 48 percent of energy usage, an easy option is to look at your temperature control.

The US Department of Energy states that a programmable temperature control can reduce your home’s energy costs by 10%. Seems like a no-brainer to get one installed, right?

How To Save On Your Utility Bill

Your home’s HVAC system uses more energy the greater the difference is between indoor and outdoor temperature. The more your home needs to cool down, the harder your air conditioner will have to work. So, the most obvious adjustment you can make is to adjust your temperature control up, for at least 8 hours of the day so your home will now not have to cool down as much and will use less energy.

This will do the trick, but it becomes a lot easier and more comfortable when using a programmable temperature control.

        Programmable Temperatures

When using a programmable thermostat, you can schedule different temperature settings for different times of the day. This is the best way for you to save on your utility bill.

For example, you can schedule your air conditioner to cool your home down an hour before you arrive home from work, as opposed to being on full blast all day.

Since you don’t have to manually switch the thermostat up, you can schedule that all-important 8-hour savings period to occur when you are not at home.

         The Technical Talk

It’s estimated that you save about 1 percent of cooling energy expenses for each ⁰F adjustment per 8 hours. So, it would be ideal to adjust your programmable temperature control by 7-10 degrees a day, to achieve an average of 10% savings on your utility bill.

        The Ideal Temperatures for South Florida

In the height of summer, Florida is bound to experience some pretty high temperatures. Naturally, you’re going to want a comfortable temperature in your home while being energy conscious. We suggest keeping your programmable temperature control set at around 74-77⁰F when you are at home and pushing it to 80⁰F when you aren’t, in order to save energy.


Whether you are trying to reduce your utility bill or be more environmentally conscious, a programmable temperature control is the way forward. Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric has all the expertise you need when it comes to advise and installation. Give us a call today at 561-391-1048 to find out the latest on programmable temperature control and how we can help you with all your air conditioning needs.

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