We are about to tackle a highly-debated topic; the ideal thermostat temperature. Now, some of you might be Team 76°, others Team 72°, and we’ve even heard of a few supporters of Team 68°. Wherever you fall on the spectrum, did you know it is not recommended that you keep your temperature at the same degree all day? Energy Star recommends that you set different temperatures to suit different purposes, days and time of day and season.
The most energy-saving temperature – 70°- 78°
Energy Star reports that you can significantly save your cooling costs by setting the thermostat to this temperature. For all you fans of keeping the home in arctic temperatures, we realize this might be difficult for you to hear, but facts are facts.
Best temperature while you’re away- 78°- 85°
To maximize energy efficiency, you can turn the temperature up 8° while you’re away to help save. Be sure to program the thermostat to start gradually cooling before you get home so you aren’t coming home to a hot box. However, if you have house plants or pets, this might not be the ideal thermostat temperature for you (or them!)
*If going away for a longer stint of time, like a week-long vacation, you can turn the system off completely, but again, be mindful of animals and plants that would be home.
Best temperature for sleeping – 65° – 72°
Lowering your thermostat 10-15 degrees for eight hours can reduce your heating bill by 5-15%. That’s a potential savings of as much as 1% for each degree if the period of the setback is at least eight hours.
Best temperature for pets at home- 64° – 78°
Consumer Watchblog notes that most pets have natural coping mechanisms for slightly hotter or chillier weather so sticking this range should work just fine. However, if you have more unconventional pets, like tropical amphibians or fish, it’s important to not let the temperature drop too low.
What is your ideal thermostat temperature? Comment below!