They say home is where the heart is, but in the summer it could also be where the heat is — and that’s not cool. In the hotter months you may be wondering what to set the thermostat at in your home.
So what is the best setting for your central A/C? That depends on whether you care more about keeping cool or keeping your utility bill in check.
The U.S. Department of Energy recommends setting your thermostat at 78 degrees while you’re at home.
They suggest you crank up the temp when you are away or asleep for the most energy and cost savings.
• 78° F when you’re home
• 85° F when you’re at work or away
• 82° F when you’re sleeping
If you’re like me you’re thinking, “78° is way too hot and no way am I sleeping with the thermostat set to 82°!”
The most commonly cited figure for the perfect room temperature is 75°. However, there are plenty of factors other than temperature that can affect how comfortable you are: the season, humidity, the clothes you’re wearing, and what type of activity you’re engaged in. Keep in mind that there isn’t one “perfect” temperature for your home because everyone has a different comfort level. It is definitely worth experimenting with your thermostat to find out what’s best for your own lifestyle because small changes in temperature can add up to big changes in energy savings.
We suggest you don’t set your thermostat below 72°. Set your thermostat somewhere between 72° – 78° when you are at home and raise the temp up to 85° when you are away.