What is the Ideal Indoor Temperature? Here are some recommended thermostat settings.
What Is the Best Indoor Temperature to Set Your Thermostat At?
With winter just around the corner, the battle for the ideal thermostat settings is among us. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends setting your thermostat at 68 degrees Fahrenheit during the winter and 78 degrees Fahrenheit during summer months. These recommended settings help you save money in the long run by reducing how hard your heating and cooling system works without sacrificing your comfort level.
Finding Your Balance
How do you find a medium between comfort and utility cost? The answer is simple: A programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats allow you to set a specific temperature for each part of the day. Setting a schedule on your thermostat gives you the flexibility to maintain comfort when you’re at home and the ability to save energy when you're at work, school or doing other activities. Many people use programmable thermostats when they have a routine schedule for being away from home. It's also ideal for keeping temperatures in line at night when you may not need the most aggressive levels of control.
Don't Waste Your Money
Temperatures in your home may fluctuate throughout the day. Many people tend to set their thermostat lower than the recommended settings to achieve ideal comfort levels at that moment. However, this puts you at the risk of soaring utility costs.
They key is to set the temperature as close as you can to the temperature outside. This helps reduce the work on your HVAC system. Here are a few more solutions to maximize comfort while adhering to the EPA's recommended settings:
- Use your ceiling fan. Utilizing your ceiling fan can significantly improve the comfort level at home. It can work congruently with you HVAC system, easing the workload while maintaining ideal temperatures, even during the winter months.
- Keep doors and vents closed. One simple way to maximize efficiency is to close all windows and doors in your home. This ensures the furnace and air conditioner can provide desired temperatures in any occupied living space.
- Dressing warm, even inside your home. It's not hard to put on a sweater in the winter months. Every single degree plays a big role in utility cost. You'll save big bucks simply by dressing warm even when inside your home. This allows you to adjust your thermostat a bit lower during the winter, saving you money.
Ideal temperatures vary from family to family, but everyone can benefit from adjusting their settings on a routine basis. A little time spent adjusting your temperatures now can save you money later.