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The Recommended Thermostat Settings for Winter and Summer

Energy efficiency is crucial in keeping your home running efficiently. HVAC systems consume about 20% to 50% of your home energy each month; therefore, a simple change to your thermostat can have a significant difference. Being aware of the temperatures to set your HVAC system during each season will allow your system to run smoothly and could allow you to save a lot of money.

This brings us to our question, “What is the recommended thermostat setting for winter and summer?” The answer to this question depends on several factors; humidity levels, seasons, number of times in and out of the house. Here in this post, we will outline the ideal thermostat setting for winter and summer while finding comfort and energy saving.

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The Recommended Thermostat Setting in Winter

When temperatures are dropping, it is time to turn up the heat. During winter, you should adjust your thermostat if you are either at home or away. As a homeowner, you can save energy and keep your costs at a minimum by keeping your thermostat at 68 F during the day.

According to, you will notice a reduction in energy usage by 5 to 15 percent annually if you lower the thermostat by 10-15 degrees Fahrenheit for eight hours each day.

However, depending on your family’s preference for personal comfort, you may want to lower the thermostat at night while sleeping. Most folks find it comfortable to rest in a cooler space while using blankets to regulate warmth.

The Recommended Thermostat Setting in Summer

During summer, the U.S. Department of Energy recommends that your thermostat setting at 78 F when you are at home. Less energy is required when you need to cool your home when you are outdoors.

Experts recommend a cooler temperature at night so that you can get the best temperature. For optimum sleep, suggests that bedrooms temperature be between 60-67 degrees for optimal sleep. Keeping temperatures this low is quite expensive. That’s why it is recommended to use other alternatives such as dehumidifiers, fans, or temperature-regulating pillows or mattresses to allow you to feel cool.

When you are not at home, you can save up to 10 percent on your energy bill if you turn the thermostat up seven to ten degrees for eight hours each day. If you are not at home for several days, it is recommended to turn up the temperature.

Installing a Programmable Thermostat

Most thermostats that are programmable can automatically adjust the temperature in your home. This means you can run a scheduled heating and cooling program without manually changing the setting all day long. A programmable thermostat makes it easy to set your home’s temperature during the day, when at work, and while sleeping.

As a homeowner, you are advised to consider your daily schedule when you are programming your thermostat. For instance, if you like to sleep in a cool house during winter, set your thermostat to a lower setting an hour before you go to sleep. On the other hand, you may need to set the thermostat an hour or so before waking up so that the house is nice and warm.

It is also critical to ensure that you adjust the thermostat when your house is vacant for more than four hours. Adjusting temperatures 5-8 degrees down in winter, up in summer can help save energy if you are not at home for several hours. Consider installing a programmable thermostat, and you don’t have to worry about manually setting temperatures during summer and winter. Furthermore, with this device, you will be in a position to save energy and money.

Running your home smoothly requires energy efficiency. That is why it is crucial to adhere to the recommended setting of the thermostat during summer and winter. The recommended thermostat setting during summer is 78 degrees Fahrenheit, while during winter is 68 degrees Fahrenheit.

You can also install a programmable thermostat so that it can adjust the temperatures in your home automatically without changing the temperature setting manually. Therefore, by keeping the thermostat to the recommended setting, you will find a balance between affordability and comfort in your home.

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