One on the most frequently question I get is what temperature do I recommend for setting home thermostats.
Folks are surprised to learn that we set our home thermostat based only on our comfort. We do not rely on energy savings calculations. Fortunately, our preference is easy on my checkbook in the winter.
During the heating season
Our home thermostat is set at 68 F when we are up and about and 62 at night. I turn the thermostat down a couple hours before bedtime so the house will start to cool down.
Some folks will think that 62 is too cold. We use an electric blanket a regular blanket and one of my wife’s homemade quilts to keep warm.
The electric blanket is only used to preheat the bed. We are warm even on the coldest northern winter nights. Those temperature settings are what we want regardless of the energy savings.
I do not use the program function on our digital thermostat because we have a very irregular schedule. When no one is home, I manually set it back to about 60. (The recommendation is to set it back about 10 degrees.)
I would like to use the thermostat program to pre-heat the house before our return, but I don’t. I wish I could call my thermostat on my cell phone and have it turn the heat up while we are driving home. May be one of you tech savvy folks can invent that one for me.
During the hot weather season
I hate hot weather. My wife hates hot weather. We are true northerners and are uncomfortable when the thermometer goes above 75. For us high humidity just multiplies our discomfort.
During the day, I set the thermostat at 78 degrees. The next time I check it is reading 76. I do not know how that happens, especially when I am the only one home.
We try to keep it at 78 during the day and 74 at night. 78 works fine as long as we keep the air moving with fans. Ceiling fans make a big improvement in our comfort.
When the electric bill hits our mailbox, I quickly turn the thermostat up to 78 where the engineer in me says it should be. Some how the setting drifts down to 76 pretty quickly.
We want the windows open anytime the outdoor temperature sinks below 75. The problem with that is open windows invites the humidity back into the house.
Our favorite way of dealing with the heat is to turn our home air conditioner off. Then get in the air-conditioned car and drive north until we reach some cooler weather at the shore of one of the Great Lakes.
At work during the heating season
My recommendation is 66 for factory floor areas and 69 in the offices. People can adjust the number of layers of clothing that they wear to be comfortable with their level of activity.
At work during the hot season
My recommendation for air-conditioned offices and other areas is to target 78 degrees. My productivity suffers if the temperature goes above 78.
I would like to know what your favorite thermostat settings are.
Please leave a comment and let others know how you set your thermostat for during air conditioning season.