There are plenty of factors to consider and weigh when you choose a thermostat temperature. When the outdoors reaches a hundred degrees or well over, we take refuge and comfort indoors. Things to think about when setting your thermostat:
- Price. Sometimes, it may be worth keeping your thermostat a bit higher to avoid large bills. Even if your thermostat is in the high seventies or low eighties, it will still feel cooler inside than out. There also may be some days in which the weather isn’t quite as hot outside– take these opportunities to lessen the monetary burden.
- Comfort at different times of day. Some people don’t mind a certain level of heat during the day, but prefer to sleep comfortably in cooler temperatures. You might vary your thermostat to accommodate your sleeping needs if this is the case. Perhaps a high 70’s temperature works for some days (especially in contrast to the 100+ outside), but at night, try high 60’s or lower 70’s to cocoon comfortably with the snuggle of blankets.
- Activities. Instead of just setting the coolest temperature, think about what temperature is desirable for what you do within that space. If you work from home, for instance, you might need to set your thermostat lower to allow yourself the most productivity in comfort. Even if you’re out all day, you still want your home to be cool when you do come back to it, but perhaps you should run the A/C at a bit higher temperature until you return.
- Occupants. The elderly and children hold immune systems with a lower tolerance to heat, so everyone’s comfort level should be considered when finding the right temperature. The only real way to do this is to ask how others are feeling and also to pay attention: deep lethargy or lack of energy could mean someone is being adversely affected by the heat level in your home.
- Pets. Your pet could become very warm or overheated while you’re away during the day, so it’s necessary to leave the A/C at a temperature in which your furry friends aren’t panting or experiencing a lack of activity due to the heat.
- Belongings. Heat can damage various households items include wood, books, sensitive furniture, etc. So, as you’re choosing a temperature– whether constant or varying– consider objects as well as your family.
That’s a lot to balance when thinking about setting a thermostat, but it’s important to stay healthy as well as comfortable during times of high temperatures. You could save energy by setting it at the same, constant pace, or, it might be worth it to vary the degrees according to circumstance. Either way, keep mindful in the heat by drinking lots of fluids and monitoring how those around you are doing as well.