Are you wondering where you should set your thermostat? You’re not alone. Temperature setting will always be a balance between comfort and energy efficiency.
Your thermostat settings affect your comfort and can have a big impact on your utility bills. While the ideal thermostat setting for your home is largely based on personal preference, there are ways to achieve a reasonable balance between comfort and energy savings.
Here are some tips on how to find the right temperature setting for your home:
1. When you’re heating your home: Regardless of whether you’re more interested in comfort or savings, finding that sweet spot on the thermostat may take a little trial and error. A good rule of thumb for energy-saving heating is to set your thermostat at 68°F. For more comfort, try increasing the temperature by 1 or 2 degrees at a time. For energy savings, turn the temperature down 1 or 2 degrees at a time.
During the heating season, try turning the heat down and bundling up – wear a sweater or light jacket, fuzzy slippers, etc. Open window coverings during the day to let in natural sunlight and let Mother Nature help warm your home.
2. When you’re cooling your home: During summer, nothing beats the relief of a cool, humidity-controlled home. To find your happy place, try setting your air conditioning system at 78°F for a good mix of comfort and energy efficiency. If this is too warm, start to adjust down from there to find your ideal comfort zone.
During summer, try turning up the AC temperature and supplementing with a fan – either a free-standing type or a ceiling fan. Close window coverings to minimize the sun’s warming effect.
3. When you want to save energy: According to the Department of Energy, you can save up to 10% a year on your heating and cooling when you set back the thermostat 7–10 degrees from your normal setting for eight hours a day. Do this at night when you go to bed and during the day if you leave for work.
4. When you want a hands-free thermostat: Get a programmable thermostat that can automatically adjust the temperature for comfort when you’re home or awake. Some of these models will also “learn” your patterns and automatically adjust to help maintain comfort and energy savings. Wi-Fi thermostats give you even more flexibility with comfort control from your smartphone, tablet, or computer.
If you’re still not comfortable after experimenting with the temperature in your home, it might be time to get an expert opinion from Short Pump Heating & Air. Our licensed and trained technicians can analyze your HVAC system to make sure it’s operating properly and make repairs if necessary.