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What Temperature Should I Set My Thermostat At?

When it comes to thermostat temperatures, there are two types of people: those who set the thermostat at one temperature and leave it there and those who don’t. From there, each side usually has several reasons why theirs is the ideal thermostat temperature. If you struggle with determining the right thermostat temperature for your home, take a look at some advice from the experts.

In the Winter

The winter months bring cold days and nights. But just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean it has to be cold inside your house. Experts recommend setting your thermostat to the lowest comfortable temperature, which is usually around 68 degrees. If you feel that your house is too warm or too cold at that temperature, try increasing or decreasing it by one or two degrees at a time. 

Experts also recommend lowering your thermostat by 7-10 degrees for eight hours a day to reduce your annual heating expenses by as much as 10 percent. You can try lowering the temperature at night, when you go to work, or when you leave the house for extended periods of time. That way, you save energy and reduce your heating expenses.

In the Summer

In the summer, you want to be comfortable but also use an efficient temperature that doesn’t increase your energy costs. Most experts recommend setting your thermostat to 78 degrees in the summer when you’re home. If you’re away from your home in the summer, it’s recommended that you raise the temperature or shut off the thermostat completely. If you have a smart thermostat, you can set it to start cooling the house shortly before you arrive so you can walk into a comfortable home. 

All Year Round

If you’re someone who likes to set the thermostat to one temperature and leave it there, ENERGYSTAR.gov recommends setting the thermostat anywhere from 70 to 78 degrees Fahrenheit. This is the most energy-saving temperature that allows you to be comfortable all year round. If you want to maximize your home’s energy efficiency, you can turn your thermostat up or down by eight degrees while you’re away. 

When You’re Sleeping

The ideal temperature for sleeping is generally between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s because when you sleep, the set point for your body temperature drops, according to WebMD. If it’s too hot or too cold, it can throw off your internal temperature and lead to restless sleep. So lowering your thermostat to around 60 to 67 degrees when you sleep can actually help you sleep better. 

Keep Your Home Comfortable with S&L Prime

The HVAC professionals at S&L Prime A/C & Heating Systems keep your home comfortable all year round. No matter if you like to change your thermostat temperature or set it and forget it, you need an HVAC system that can withstand whatever temperature you throw at it.

Contact us today to learn more about S&L Prime’s A/C and Heating services or to schedule your maintenance service appointment.