What Temperature Should I Set My Thermostat To?

Figuring out the perfect temperature to set your thermostat can be tricky. By not adequately monitoring the thermostat, costly bills could ensue. Carefully choosing the best range of temperatures for your home can save you money and help you lead a more energy-efficient life. While there is no one magical number, we can provide some advice to help keep you comfortable in your home and your bank account.

We’re in the midst of the winter months. During this time we recommend keeping your thermostat set to the lowest degree where you are still able to live in your home comfortably. Take it slow, and as you get used to the colder temperatures, continue to lower the thermostat by one degree daily. The best time to lower the thermostat is when you are away from your home during the day. When you leave the home for extended periods of time, we recommend lowering the temperature of your thermostat to increase savings. If the outside temperature is below freezing, always keep your heat ON. Turning the heat off can lead to a multitude of serious problems, including frozen pipes. 

While summer may seem far away, keep our advice in mind. During the summer months, the same general philosophy is used, but in the reverse. Keep your thermostat set to as high as you can, while still being comfortable in your home. Direct Energy recommends keeping the thermostat at 78 degrees in the summer to save money. Of course, abide by whatever is most comfortable for you and your family and work your way up to the highest degree you can handle. A common summer temperature is usually around 72.

A few other summer-time tips: We recommend turning the thermostat up rather than off when you leave the home in the summer. By raising the temperature of your thermostat by 5-10 degrees, you can actually save money and lower indoor humidity. When you are sleeping, take advantage of fans and lighter blankets in order to keep the home at a higher temperature and the bills lower. 

Regardless of the season, one of the best ways to efficiently set the temperature in your home is with a programmable or smart thermostat. With this technology, you can set a schedule for your thermostat to automatically update the temperature in your home. If programmed correctly, these thermostats can save as much as 15% on your home’s energy consumption.   

Here at Miller’s Services, we understand every home and person varies. Whether you are unsure about what temperature to set your thermostat at, or you are interested in what a programmable or smart thermostat can do for your home, we are here to help. Give us a call at 804-758-4314 to learn more.

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