The Perfect Home Temperatures
In summer and winter, what is the perfect house temperature?
To each his or her own. This is true of our diet and clothing preferences. It’s also true of the temperature we keep our homes at. When it comes to temperature, everyone’s tolerance is a little different. Personally, I prefer a temperature of 70 degrees in my house. That said, when no one is home, there’s no need to keep my house at 70 degrees all day. Programmable thermostats can help with this.
There is such a thing as too much of a good thing
The cat’s out of the bag when it comes to programmable thermostats. Yes, they save you money, and yes, using them to set your thermostat lower in the winter and higher in the summer while you’re away from home is a good idea. People do not know, however, that it is possible to set it too far in one direction to the point where it is no longer useful.
Correctly sizing the air conditioner
It’s important to talk about the unit itself before we talk about an ideal temperature window for summer and winter. Many people are shocked to discover that their air conditioner is too large for their home. When a machine is too big, it costs more to operate and it’s more difficult to keep the humidity level under control.
A homeowner might try to save money by turning off the machine entirely, but it isn’t dehumidifying when it isn’t working. It can feel much hotter in a humid house than it really is. As a result, people lower the thermostat, making the air conditioner function harder without discussing the humidity level.
A smaller unit that is the right size for your home would use less energy, allowing it to run more often and regulate the humidity level more consistently. You’ll probably feel more at ease in a house set at 75 degrees with a lower humidity level than in a house set at 68 degrees with a higher humidity level.
In the summer, the best temperature for your thermostat is
There’s also an optimal temperature range to consider until you’ve found the right size air conditioner. It’s safe to keep your thermostat between 70 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Most air conditioners aren’t built to cool a house below that temperature, and the device can freeze.
During the summer, I suggest keeping your house below 80 degrees at all times. At 80 degrees, the humidity level in your home is likely to be extremely high. This is not only inconvenient, but also ineffective. When you re-start your air conditioner, it will have to work hard not only to get back to your preferred temperature, but also to keep the humidity level in check.
In the winter, the best temperature to set your thermostat is
My rule of thumb is to not stray more than 5 to 8 degrees from my comfort zone in any direction. Take, for example, my preferred temperature of 70 degrees. Over the winter, I would never lower my thermostat below 62 degrees because the furnace would have to work too hard to get back to my ideal temperature.