Living in the Cedar Rapids area, The City of 5 Seasons, we know that as temperatures fluctuate, you rely on your homes heating or cooling system to stay comfortable. But to what temperature should you have it set? In some homes, this question is a point of contention. The fact is, some people simply are like it warmer than others. That said, is there a certain temperature that is ideal to maintain both health and comfort?
Where should you set your thermostat?
Where your thermostat is set can depend on the age and health of your home’s occupants. Elderly people often like the temperature higher that younger residents. Some breads of dogs need cooler environments due to their thick coats of fur.
What’s the Ideal Setting for My Home’s Thermostat?
Finding the right setting for your homes thermostat can save money on your utility bills. When you take advantage of a modern heating and cooling systems, you can stay healthier while lowering your operation costs.
In the wintertime, the recommended setting for your thermostat should be approximately 68 degrees F during the day when you are home. This is according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Over night, while sleeping, you can lower the thermostat 10 to 15 degrees. Of course, this depends on your personal preference. If you are at work, at school, or even gone on vacation, you can leave it at that night time setting safely. Adhering to these guidelines, it’s possible to reduced your heating and cooling bill by as much as 15%.
In the summertime, however, setting your thermostat at 78 degrees F, you can expect similar results. Stay mindful of any heat-sensitive pets though.
During the fall and spring, it is suggested to keep your home around 65-70 degrees F.
Infants, elderly people, and people who are ill often prefer less variation in temperatures.
Benefits Of Programmable Thermostats
One of the best ways to come home to a home that is warm in the winter and cool in the summer is to purchase a programmable thermostat. Not only will it make you more comfortable the minute you arrive home, but it also will save you plenty of money over the long run by powering your heating system down when you’re gone.
A programmable thermostat can even accommodate the changes you make to your schedule during the week. You can preset your thermostat to keep your home at a constant temperature on the weekends when everyone is home, yet conserve energy with another setting during times when you and your family will be away from home.
One of the latest developments in heating technology is a Web-connected thermostat. You can change the setting on these devices from work or school-or from a remote hideaway if you want to stay on vacation a few days longer.
Keep in mind, though, these are only suggestions. Take into consideration the needs and wants of every member of your family when you choose where to set your thermostat.
It is advised that homeowners have their home’s heating and cooling system in inspected twice per year to ensure it is in optimal working order. At H&J Heating & Cooling, we can help you choose the right thermostat and setting for your families needs. Give us a call today to schedule a system check up and stay ready as our Eastern Iowa seasons change.