No matter what time of year it is, everyone tends to have an opinion on what temperature the thermostat should be set to. And while you will never be able to eliminate someones subjective opinion about where the thermostat should be set, you can use this article from Energy.gov to set an objective ideal of the optimal temperature.
For energy savings, the perfect temperature for your thermostat is 78°F (only when you are at home and need cooling). For winter the setting is 68°F. It is recommended that when you are NOT at home or are asleep, that you adjust your thermostat by about 10° for added savings (10° warmer in the summer, 10° colder in the winter).
For comfort, there is no objective way to determine what will “feel” best to all people, but starting with the above suggestions is a good “middle ground.” If you do feel the need to adjust afterward, make sure you consult everyone involved and work in baby steps rather than thermal leaps.
We also suggest the use of a programmable thermostat, this will make managing your home temperature a lot more… well, manageable. A normal programmable thermostat can be set to begin its cool down well before you leave or go to bed and return to its regular temperature two or three hours before you wake up or return home. This may require some guesswork at first, but with a little trial and error you can still save energy while maintaining a comfortable home.
Check out this infographic on home heating before the season starts! (It’s never too early to start planning your energy strategies!) And while you’re planning, call Revere to take advantage of our summer specials on propane!