What Temp Should Your Thermostat Be Set At?

The temperature in your home most likely relies on your comfort and energy savings. One way to manage the heating and cooling system is to adjust your temperature to your daily habits. For example, if you aren’t home for 8 hours a day, you could save money by setting the temperature lower during this time. The closer your thermostat is set to the outside temperature, the more you will save. So, how do you get the ideal temperature that provides comfort and savings at the same time?



Winter:

A good temperature during the winter while you are awake is 68 degrees Fahrenheit. This will keep you comfortable, while keeping the energy bill at a manageable amount. If you want to save extra energy, set your thermostat a couple degrees lower while you are asleep or away from home.


Summer:

During the summer, you will want to follow the same method as winter. A good temperature while you are at home is 78 degrees Fahrenheit. While you are away, set your air conditioning a couple notches lower. It is estimated that for every degree over 78 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer months costs about six to eight percent more on your energy bill. Setting your thermostat slightly higher during the spring and summer months can ultimately save you money.



Programmable Thermostat:

Installing a programmable thermostat will help to save you money and ensure the comfort of your home at all times of the day. With a programmable thermostat, you can set your heating and cooling to flip back on 20 minutes before you arrive home after keeping it a couple notches higher or lower all day. This scheduling feature will prevent you from having to manually set your temperature throughout the day and coming home to a cold or warm house.


When you invest in a programmable thermostat, take into consideration your comfort needs throughout your daily routine. For example, in the winter if you like to sleep with the temperature a little cooler, set your thermostat lower an hour before you go to sleep. Waking up to a cold house can make it hard to get out of bed. With a programmable thermostat you can set the heat to come on about 2 hours before you have to wake up.


Overall, a home’s comfort depends on who lives in the home. These are some tips that you can follow if you are looking to save money on energy bills or want a more balanced temperature throughout your day. Call 515-965-7272 for all of your heating and cooling needs.

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