When the weather gets extremely cold or hot, control over the thermostat temperature is always an issue at home. Some prefer colder temperatures, while others like it a constantly warm. Unfortunately, thermostat battles over personal choices come at a cost, perhaps a high one.
Since paying less on the monthly utility bills is a reason often used to win the thermostat arguments, it is best to know the proper home temperatures to ensure that your family stays comfortable while saving money. If you do not have one already, consider installing a programmable thermostat in your home.
Optimal Winter Temperature for Your Home’s Furnace
According to Energy Star, the recommended temperature setting in the winter is 68 degrees in order to maximize efficiency and save the most money on your energy bill. Keep in mind when you’re out of the house, do not set your thermostat below 60 degrees. Setting the thermostat too low in the summer, as well as the summer, your unit could essentially free and cause problems with your pipes.
Optimal Summer Temperature for Your Home’s Air Conditioner
Energy Star recommends the coolest temperature should be 78 degrees. While that temperature may be too warm for some people, there is a solution for programmable thermostat users. If your ideal summer temperature is 72 degrees, you can program your thermostat a little higher while you’re off to work, and then set it to cool back to 72 degrees for about 30 minutes before everyone comes home.
You may be interested in reading the following blog posts:
- Advantages of Having a Programmable Thermostat
- Choosing a Furnace That’s Right for Your Home
- How to Minimize Your Energy Bill
However, if your air conditioning or furnace is not functioning properly or as efficiently as it should, then it may be time to replace your unit. If you are interested in HVAC repairs or replacement, contact 72 Degrees Air Conditioning and Heating today.