Many families debate about the thermostat temperature setting. Someone is always cold while someone else is always warm. Then there’s the cost for heating and cooling to consider.
While you may not be able to appease everyone’s individual temperature preferences, you can get guidance on how to run your system efficiently. Here are the industry recommendations for how to set your thermostat to keep nearly everyone comfortable without breaking the bank.
According to the Department of Energy, the ideal thermostat temperature setting in winter is 68 degrees Fahrenheit. This may seem a little cool to some, but it helps keep the utility bills from skyrocketing, especially during the unexpected freezes that occasionally blow through.
During summer, you’ll want to keep your temperature a little higher. The generally accepted rule is to set your thermostat to 78 degrees. If this seems too warm, try setting your thermostat to the highest setting you can comfortably stand. As you get used to that temperature, try raising it another degree or two until you get to as close to 78 degrees as you can.
Improving Energy Efficiency
To get the most from your heating and cooling system, you’ll want to adjust your thermostat throughout the day. Reduce the load on your system by adjusting the temperature by 7 to 10 degrees while you’re away. The Department of Energy suggests this may save you about 10% on your annual heating and cooling expenses. Investing in a Wi-Fi enabled smart thermostat can help you with this task.
It’s also worth noting that every degree you raise your thermostat in summer or lower it in winter can help you save between 4-6% on your monthly electricity bill.
Why Outside Temperature Matters
The outside temperature is a critical factor in how you set your thermostat. The greater the difference between the outside temperature and your thermostat setting, the more your system will run. You have to maintain a minimum temperature over the winter to keep your family safe. However, the summer gives you a much wider range to reduce the strain on your system and the energy it requires.
People around Seguin have relied on GVEC Air Conditioning & Heating to keep them comfortable since 1968. Our expertly trained technicians provide heating and cooling installation, maintenance, and repair combined with indoor air quality services. Call to schedule your heating or AC service with one of our experts today.