My grandfather lived in Florida and whenever he would come to visit us in the summer, somehow all of our thermostats were turned up to 80 degrees or above. As someone who likes to sleep in a cold, cold room this led to some very uncomfortable nights.
The home can truly be a battlefield, especially when it comes to setting the thermostat. Personal preference for temperature is not necessarily genetic, and it can be brother vs. sister, husband vs. wife in regard to what temperature to heat or cool the home at.
This may seem like a question with no right answer, but we are trying our best to uncover the truth. Here is what we have found the for the summer months.
78°F, according the US Department of Energy. “The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill will be.”
Between 60 and 67°F, .according to the National Sleep Foundation. “Thermostat settings far lower or higher than what’s recommended could lead to restlessness and can also affect the quality of REM (rapid eye movement) sleep.”
The best way to reap the energy saving benefits of a high temperature while also sleeping comfortably at night is by using a programmable or a smart thermostat. These can be programmed to suit your needs so they will raise your home’s temperature during the summer days and automatically cool off at night when it’s time for bed. The program can even be changed for when you are on vacation to help you save money and still have a cool home waiting for you when you get back.
Who knows? It might even help to keep the peace in your family.