The war of the thermostats may never be truly over, but knowing which temperatures are best for your family — both in comfort and energy efficiency — can make the struggle a little less brutal.
Adjust the Thermostat Seasonally
When you live in a climate with all four seasons, it’s important to remember that your temperature needs will change with the weather. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends keeping your thermostats set within ten degrees of the outside air for the best energy savings possible.
What’s the best temperature?
Everyone has different preferences for their perfect temperature, but there are general guidelines you can easily follow. The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) regards 72°F as the perfect temperature for maximum comfort at home.
Set Your Thermostat for Energy Savings
The mid to low-seventies may be your best bet for comfort, if your goal is to save money on your energy bills, you’ll need to change things up a little bit.
- In summer, set your air conditioner to 78°F for optimal energy savings.
- In winter, set the thermostat to 68°F and use some passive heating strategies to keep your home as warm as possible.
Setting your thermostat to an energy-efficient temperature can save you money on energy bills and unit repairs, but it’s essential to set up your thermostat correctly to receive the full benefits.
Did you know the location of your thermostat can change its readout? Place your thermostat on an interior wall and keep it away from anything that could produce its own heat, such as:
- Large kitchen appliances
- Electrical appliances and equipment such as TVs, lamps, etc.
- Direct sunlight
A-TEMP Heating, Cooling & Electrical Has the Solution to All Your Heating and Cooling Needs
Setting your thermostat to energy-efficient temperatures can greatly reduce the cost of your bills annually — assuming everything else is in the best shape possible with your system. Scheduling regular maintenance, changing the air filters, and knowing when to replace an old system will affect your unit’s energy use.
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