Our customers often ask us what temperature they should set their thermostats at. And we always offer the same response: Set your thermostat at whatever temperature makes you the most comfortable!
Everyone’s body responds to temperatures differently. While you might be comfortable in 68 degrees, someone else might find that a little too chilly and prefer something in the range of 73 degrees.
Whatever the case may be, you have control over the temperature of your home — make sure you and your family are as comfortable as can be.
Humidifiers in the Winter & Dehumidifiers in the Summer
Setting your thermostat is only part of the equation when it comes to the climate of your home. From time to time, you may have to use other pieces of equipment – like humidifiers and dehumidifiers – to ensure maximum comfort.
In the colder months, you can use a humidifier to make sure the air in your home doesn’t get too dry. Humidifiers help treat dry skin and chapped lips. According to New York City dermatologist Dr. Hillard Pearlstein, heating systems can reduce humidity levels to below 10 percent in the winter. Most people want humidity levels in the 30 to 40 percent range for maximum comfort, which is where humidifiers come into play.
On the other hand, you might notice that your home starts to feel a little clammy during the summer months, due to the humidity. The good news is that a dehumidifier can help remedy that stickiness. Dehumidifiers are particularly useful for removing mold and mildew from shower walls, killing dust mites, and protecting your belongings from water damage.
Save Money on Your Heating and Cooling Bills
While you should set your thermostat at whichever temperature is most comfortable for you, heating and cooling your home costs money. And if you’re not careful, it could cost a lot of money. By simply developing good habits, your budget shouldn’t be a problem.
During the summer, you can raise your thermostat to 85 degrees when you leave your home to go to work or out of town on a trip. Same thing in the winter: By turning your thermostat down 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours when you sleep, you can save as much as 15 percent on your yearly heating costs, according to the Department of Energy.
To make it even more convenient, program your thermostat to automatically adjust temperatures in these situations. You’ll be able to set it and forget it.
Be smart about your thermostat, so you can enjoy maximum comfort at prices you can afford.