What Temperature Setting Saves The Most Energy?
The proper thermostat settings can keep your Northeast Ohio home comfortable while maintaining safe humidity levels and helping to lower your energy bills. But what temperature is the “right” one, especially when multiple generations live under the same roof?
Some people like their homes to be warm; others prefer a cooler environment. If you haven’t thought much about temperature settings, you might be surprised to learn that changing them minimally up or down during each season can provide you with the same comfort you’ve always enjoyed while saving you money over the long term. The knowledgeable HVAC team at Blind & Sons can teach you the recommended day and evening thermostat settings for each season.
Ideal Summer HVAC Temperature
We typically recommend that our customers set their thermostats to 77 or 78 degrees Fahrenheit while at home. This might make the house a little warmer than many people are used to, but it can help reduce your energy bill. Raising the temperature a bit when the house is empty for two or more hours can help you save even more during the hotter months, often up to 10% on annual cooling costs.
You might need to adjust these temperatures slightly if there are older adults or small children at home.
- Indoor temperatures between 68 and 74 degrees Fahrenheit are best for those aged 65 and above, helping them avoid respiratory issues or hypothermia in those who cope with lung and heart disease.
- Babies are especially sensitive to changes in temperature, so it’s critical to provide them with an ideal setting of between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit.
Reducing temperature settings, using your AC economically, and monitoring energy usage will go a long way in helping you lower your summer utility bills.
Ideal Winter HVAC Temperature
For optimal energy savings, ENERGY STAR® recommends setting your thermostat to 68 degrees Fahrenheit during winter. Energy.gov also reports that lowering the thermostat setting by 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours a day can help you save 5% to 15% annually.
Depending on your family’s personal comfort preferences, you can accomplish these savings by lowering the setting while everyone sleeps. For those who need a little extra warmth, such as the elderly or small children, winter blankets can help keep them cozy all night long.
Want To Save More?
Do you want even greater control over your comfort and energy costs? Modern energy-efficient HVAC systems deliver whole-home comfort while using less energy. And pairing them with a programmable or “smart” thermostat can help you get the most out of your HVAC system, especially when you’re away from the house.
- Programmable thermostats make it easy to set various temperature preferences during the day and night for each day of the week. However, using them correctly is the key to realizing the greatest savings and comfort. If you have a programmable thermostat but still find yourself constantly adjusting the temperature, you’ll wind up spending more, not less, on your energy bill.
- Smart thermostats remove the human element completely. These next-gen models learn your daily habits and routines and automatically adjust the indoor temperature for maximum efficiency and energy savings. You can also program them remotely and get real-time performance alerts on your mobile device.
Need Additional Information on Ideal Thermostat Settings? Blind & Sons Can Help
There’s no “perfect” temperature that everyone agrees on! But one thing’s for sure: Winter, spring, summer, and fall, making even minor adjustments to your thermostat settings will reduce energy use and the associated costs.
Are you ready to upgrade to a programmable or smart thermostat for your Northeast Ohio home? Blind & Sons is standing by to help.