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What Temperature Should I Set My Thermostat To? The Best Thermostat Setting

Finding the ideal thermostat setting and deciding what temperature to set it to can save you a alot of money every year…and saving money on energy costs is a hot topic these days.  Those of you who read our blog know that at Dayton Heating and Air we pride ourselves in giving honest answers to common HVAC questions; this topic will be no different.  Did you know that in Florida your air conditioner is responsible for around half of your electric bill in the summer?  People are starting to understand this and we are often asked, “what temperature should I set my thermostat to?”  There are many answers to this question and I’d be wrong if I said that there was perfect and magical thermostat setting that will make all of your dreams come true and save you millions of dollars a year.  In actuality, what temperature you set your thermostat to depends on a range of factors including season, humidity levels, and how often you are in and out of the house.  As such, I will start by saying that you should set your thermostat to the temperature that is most comfortable for you and your family. Why have an air conditioner or furnace if you are hot or cold all of the time?  It kind of defeats the purpose. Although, most people do have more of a temperature range that is comfortable for them, not one magical number.  So this blog post will discuss what we have found to be the most cost effective temperature ranges to keep your thermostat at, and keep you comfortable while saving you some money.

What Temperature Should I Set My Thermostat to in the Fall/Winter?

The weather in Florida is anyone’s guess during the year, but with the cool weather as you might imagine, requires the opposite approach from the summer settings that we’ve discussed previously, so set the temperature on your thermostat lower in the fall/winter to save energy.  Energy usage can go down by about 25% in Florida during the winter months, but for those of you living North of Florida you know that energy prices go up as the temperature goes down. The ideal temperature range for your thermostat in the winter is from 60 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit, but most people are comfortable around 68.  

In the winter, set your thermostat to the lowest temperature  that you can comfortably stand, or if your frugal set it even lower and just throw on a sweatshirt or hoodie.   The nice thing about the winter is that you can always throw on another layer.

We would recommend lowering your thermostat at night when you are sleeping, and just pull up your comforter.  Setting your thermostat to around 50-55 degrees for just 8 hours a day in the wintertime has been shown to reduce energy costs by as much as 15%, depending on your region.  In fact, according to the informational website Lifehacker, the lower you set your thermostat, the better it is for animals, plants, and your overall health. Here is a tip from the pros that you maybe didn’t know for every degree you raise or lower the temperature on your thermostat, you are affecting your energy bill by about 1%.

Keeping the Best Setting is Hassle Free With a Programmable Thermostat

Keeping the best temperature setting on your thermostat is made so much easier with modern, smart-thermostat.  A programmable thermostat can be programmed to do all of the things listed above for you.  Imagine not having to worry about whether or not you forgot to turn down the thermostat before you went to work, or not having to get out of bed to turn the thermostat down because it already knows what time you go to bed?  It isn’t as expensive as you might think and  Better yet, most of the newest programmable thermostats can be set right from your smart-phone.  If you are looking for a good one that is also easy to use, we are fans of the Honeywell T-6.

If cost isn’t as much of a priority as convenience and features are, then I’d spend a little extra and splurge on a Wi-Fi thermostat that learns your habits, patterns and desired temperature ranges.  The next generation is here, and programmable thermostats are out – smart thermostats are in. The Nest smart thermostat for  turns itself down when you are not at home and back up when you get home from work.  Why wonder what temperature you should set your thermostat to when you can buy a thermostat that learns what you like and does it for you?  Priced between $169-$250, the Nest Smart Thermostat sets itself for you and is definitely worth looking into.I hope this has answered your questions on what temperature to set your thermostat to.  For more information on this and other related topics, read the other articles we have here in our web blog.

For further information regarding thermostat settings and other Heating and Air related questions, Dayton Heating and Air services Gainesville, FL and the sounding area. if you’re in our service area; we’d be happy to help you.