Is the area surrounding your home’s thermostat like a battlefield? Everyone in the house is clamoring to change the temperature to suit their needs? Someone is always cold, while someone else is hot, whereas someone else wants to be energy conscious?
The goal of the furnace and air conditioner is to keep your home as comfortable as possible, but unfortunately, comfortable does not mean the same for everyone. So, is there a way to stop this battle once and for all? Is there a perfect home temperature?
Yes… and No. It depends on what you are looking for. Here are some recommended thermostat settings for the following qualifications:
Saving money and energy
If you are looking to save money, the lower your home’s temperature is during the winter and the higher it is during the summer, the better. According to Energy.gov,”You can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 7°-10°F for 8 hours a day from its normal setting.”
Energy.gov goes on to recommend 68 degrees Fahrenheit as a good wintertime temperature and 78 degrees as a good summertime temperature. A programmable thermostat is a great and easy way to save money with your home’s heating and cooling.
Getting a better night’s sleep
Sleep, as we all know, is incredibly important and temperature can impact it. Sleeping in an environment that is too cold or too warm can interrupt your sleep. WebMD explains that the perfect sleep temperature can vary from person to person, but generally we should sleep in rooms set to 65-72 degrees Fahrenheit.
Temperature may not just be about comfort- it can actually impact our health. Dr. Richard Foxx, M.D. states, “A recent study out of the Medical Research Council in Glasgow, U.K. has shown that temperature plays a factor in the health and the well-being of children and people with respiratory problems.” He goes on to explain that in study done in New Zealand raising the temperature of homes helped to improve respiratory conditions. “Within six months, researchers concluded that the number of people who indicated that they had a “poor or fair health” condition declined by 50%.”
This information may not help with the fight at the thermostat, but you and your family may be able to have a conversation about what you are looking for in your home’s temperature and make a decision about the perfect home temperature based on that. If you are interested in learning more about programmable thermostats and other ways to make your home as comfortable as possible, contact Flame!