Having optimal thermostat settings in your home is not only vital to ensure you, your family, and your guests are comfortable but also for saving energy and keeping the cost of running your HVAC system down. But how do you know what temperature to set your thermostat at different times of the day? We’ve put together some basic year-round thermostat tips to ensure you get the most out of your system. You’re welcome!
During the fall and winter, turn your thermostat down a couple of degrees and throw on an extra layer. We aren’t saying you should feel like you have to bundle up inside your own home, but it also doesn’t need to feel like a sauna! Too much heat also causes the air to be dry, which can dry out your skin. Keep the temperature at a point where you feel comfortable wearing a sweatshirt.
Don’t Be Wasteful
If no one is home during the day, this is the perfect time to turn up the thermostat when it’s warm outside and turn it down when it’s cold. This way, your systems aren’t trying to heat or cool the house while no one is there.
There will be days when turning on the A/C or heater doesn’t make sense. When it’s warm outside, try using your ceiling fans or opening up the windows to allow air to circulate through your home. When it’s a bit chilly out, turn your ceiling fans on but make sure they’re spinning clockwise to circulate warm air. You can also open your blinds to let direct sunlight warm you up.
We all have our preferred temperature settings for each season: Some people can’t sleep if it’s too hot; others can only sleep if they’re cozy and warm. Find a temperature everyone can agree on instead of secretly turning the temps up or down behind each other’s backs.
Finding the Sweet Spot
Finding the sweet spot on the thermostat is a challenge, and that number may differ depending on where you live and your preferences. But with that said, the U.S. Department of Energy recommends keeping your thermostat at 68 degrees during the winter while you’re awake at home but lowering it by several degrees when you’re asleep or away. During the summer, the recommendation is 78 degrees when you’re home and awake, but raise it or turn it off entirely when you are away.
Sources: SCANA Energy, Ragsdale Air, R & T Services, Brothers Plumbing