A typical day
The goal of any homeowner is to maximize comfort and minimize costs. In order to stay comfortable and save energy (and as a result, money!), an ideal temperature is 78° F in the summer and 68° F in the winter. Dressing right, using ceiling fans and curtains to your advantage, and properly managing humidity can make maintaining these temperatures a bit easier.
The National Sleep Foundation recommends a sleeping temperate of 60-67° F. A slight drop in the temperature at night can help you to fall asleep because when you sleep, your body temperature drops as well.
Keeping your home at a normal, energy-saving temperature should be just fine for most house pets such as dogs and cats. Many animals have natural coping mechanisms for slightly cooler or warmer weather. If you have pets such as amphibians or fish, you’ll want to do your research and be sure to install a heat lamp if you’re going to keep your house cooler.
If you have a new baby in the house, first of all, congrats! Second of all, you may need to rethink the temperature inside of your home. It is recommended that indoor temperature not dip below 65° F or go above 75° F. Feel your baby’s ears or chest to gauge if they are too hot or too cold and adjust accordingly.
Research shows that the ideal temperature for maximum productivity is between 70-73° F. So, if you’re serious about getting things done, it’s best to keep the temperature within this range.
Many common plants will grow well in temperatures between 60-75° F. Many indoor plants will suffer if the temperature drops below 55° F or goes above 75° F. Keep in mind, houseplants don’t typically mind a sudden drop of 5-10° F but anything more can cause growth problems. Of course, this could vary based on the type of houseplant you are growing so be sure and do your research when determining the optimal temperature.
85-88° F in the summer / 50-55° F in the winter
When you leave the house for an extended period of time, adjusting the thermostat will result in energy savings. 85-88° F in the summer and 50-55° F in the winter will ensure that everything inside of your home remains safe while lowering your utility usage.
Maintaining the ideal temperature with a programmable thermostat
A programmable thermostat adjusts the temperature in your home based on pre-programmed settings that you select. You can choose the days and times you’d like your air or heat to turn on and at what temperature you’d like your house to be at during those times. This gives you total control, can do wonders in lowering your energy bills and will ultimately result in optimal comfort.