Wisely using your thermostat is an ideal way to maximize the comfort of your home and choosing well can vastly reduce your monthtly heating expenses. Read on to learn more.
Best House Temperature For Efficency And Comfort
- The young, elderly, and people in poor health typically prefer warmer temperatures.
- If you spend a lot of time in the south-facing upstairs office, you may need to set the temperature lower than 78 degrees to stay comfortable. However, this could make the baby’s north-facing nursery uncomfortably cold.
- Winter air is naturally dry. This causes moisture to evaporate from your skin more quickly, making you feel cold. Then, high humidity in the summer creates a muggy feeling that encourages you to run the air conditioner more, wasting energy.
Keeping Your Home Comfortable For Less
- On hot summer days, shut the curtains to keep the sun out, and in the winter, open them wide to enjoy free heating.
- Put on a sweater and long pants in the winter, and don shorts and a tank top in the summer before you adjust the thermostat.
- You can save energy without sacrificing comfort by installing a programmable thermostat. This allows you to program temperature setbacks while you’re away or sleeping and resume a comfortable setting by the time you return home or wake up. We recommend setting the thermostat back to between 82 and 85 degrees in the summer and 60 degrees in the winter.
- Zoning is a method of heating and cooling sections of your house at a time. It helps achieve a more even temperature in each room by combating fluctuations caused by sun exposure, interior heat gain, and other factors.
- Running a whole-house humidifier in the winter may allow you to set the temperature back a degree or two without feeling uncomfortable. In the summer, running exhaust fans in the kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, and elsewhere helps keep humidity down, so you avoid that “cold but clammy” feeling.
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