It seems like a simple thing, but many struggle to keep their homes at an ideal temperature.
Do you have trouble ensuring that your home is always at the right temperature for you? Not too hot in summer, but not too chilly in winter? It seems like such a simple thing, but many of us really do struggle to make our homes comfortable. Ideally, the temperature should be such that you simply don’t think about it, it’s just at the right level. However, this can be hard to achieve, and even harder to achieve without spending a fortune on heating and cooling!
We’ve taken some tips from St Louis HVAC experts and put them together to give you the ultimate guide to keeping your home at your ideal temperature all year round!
Setting your Thermostat During the Day in Summer
Many of us have our thermostats set at 74 degrees. If you do, try changing it to 78 degrees instead. By doing this, you can save a massive 12% on your cooling! If you still feel too warm, then run a ceiling fan. These are great because they are inexpensive to run, but they make your home feel around 4 degrees cooler than it actually is. So your home should feel as if it is 74 degrees again. Of course, you should always give thought to what you are wearing. You can save money on cooling simply by getting changed into your shorts and a t-shirt!
Setting the Temperature at Night in Summer
Your night time regime will be dictated by the outside temperature. If it is cool outside then open your windows over the night time and let that cool air in. You may as well take advantage of that free cool evening air! However, if the air outside feels too hot, then keep the windows closed and keep your thermostat at 78 degrees. A ceiling fan can really help to keep you cool in the night and consider lighter bedding for the warmer months.
Setting your Thermostat During the Day in Winter
In winter time, set your thermostat at 68 degrees. Don’t reach for the controls when you feel chilly, add more layers of clothing before you resort to extra heating. A humidifier can also help to make your home feel warmer without adding too much additional cost.
Setting the Temperature at Night in Winter
Wrap up warm in bed at night and you should be fine with a temperature of around 62 degrees. If you like it warmer when you get up in the morning then set a timer to turn it up to 68 before you get out of bed each day. Programmable thermostats are easy to use and are beneficial.
Adjust Your Thermostat Setting When You Go Away
It’s also important to think about your settings when you are away. There is no point having your home cooled or excessively heated when you’re not going to be there. In summer you need it to be cool enough to combat humidity, and make it pleasant for your arrival home, but it doesn’t need to be as cool as if you were in. 86 degrees is a fine level to set it at while you are away in summer. In winter, you need to keep your home warm enough to prevent pipes freezing, but you can safely drop it down to around 55 degrees without any problem.