In my house we have a constant thermostat war going on. Why can’t everyone just agree that my temperature is best!
This thermostat war has me wondering, what is your thermostat set at during the day and at night?
Let’s talk summertime thermostat settings
If I am at home during the day I usually will set the thermostat at around 72 degrees. If I’m gone during the day I will usually bump it up to 75 degrees. When I go to bed I like it cold…like arctic cold! About an hour before I go to bed I will turn the thermostat to 68 degrees. I have tried leaving the thermostat set at about 70 degrees and running a fan but I still wake up hot during the night and when I’m hot I can’t sleep.
I came home one day a couple of weeks ago and my lovely husband had turned the thermostat up to 78 degrees! What the heck! I walked in that house and was smacked in the face by the heat! I dared him to set that thermostat above 75 again!
What thermostat settings do you use during the summer time?
I decided to get online and see what thermostat settings are recommended for summer and winter. Some of the suggestions might be okay in some locations across the United States but here in the South it gets HOT in the summer and humid. If you’ve never lived in a humid climate it’s difficult to understand that the minute you step out of your house your clothing and hair automatically sticks to you and you’re hot! If you live in dry climates when you get hot you sweat and the perspiration evaporates which helps to cool you off. Not so in humid climates. When you sweat you can’t get dry thus leaving you feeling sticky and gross.
One article I read recommended that you set your thermostat to 78 degrees in the summer, even if someone is home. The author of this post evidently has never spent a summer in the South!
Another article recommended that you raise your thermostat 10-15 degrees when you are not going to be home. They also recommended that when you are away from home during the day you should set your thermostat to 88 degrees. Um, no thank you!
To keep your home at a comfortable temperature there are several options for programmable thermostats. My dad is an HVAC technician and he recommends programmable thermostats for everyone. You can program your thermostat for different temperature settings during the day and night and for each day of the week. There are programmable thermostats for every budget too!
Honeywell has a basic 1 week programmable thermostat for under $20 on Amazon.
Maybe you want to control your thermostat with an app on your phone. Sensi Wi-Fi Smart Programmable Thermostat is one option that allows you to use Wi-Fi and your mobile devices to control your thermostat.
This Nest Learning Thermostat is the one I want! It learns your patterns of when you adjust your thermostat and even will notice if no one is home and will automatically set your thermostat! Of course it comes with a higher price tag too!
Maybe you have decided to set your thermostat at a higher temperate to save on energy costs. Here are 5 tips to help keep your home cool without breaking the budget.
5 Tips To Keep Your Home Cool Without Breaking the Budget
1. Don’t Use the Oven
Using the oven and the stove is one way to definitely warm up your kitchen, thus causing your AC to run more. In the summer prepare meals that can be made using the crockpot or event the outdoor grill to keep your home cooler.
2. Do Laundry at Night
Don’t use the washing machine or dryer during the day time when it is hotter outside. Wait until the evening hours as the temperature drops to do laundry.
3. Line Dry
Hang your clothes to dry if possible to skip the use of the dryer. Maybe you live in an area where you can’t or don’t want to hang your clothes outside. Invest in a retractable clothes line and hang your clothing in your laundry room or bathroom to dry. Amazon has this 5-Line Retractable Drying Line which would enable you to hang your clothing indoors to dry.
4. Keep the Sun Out
Keep your blinds and curtains closed during the day time to keep the hot sun from shining in and warming up your house. The side of my house where my bedrooms are gets the afternoon and evening sun so I have hung blackout curtains in those rooms to keep the sun out, thus keeping the house cooler.
5. Use Your Ceiling Fan The Right Way
If you have ceiling fans they are a great way to circulate the air in your home, but be sure that you are using them the right way. Your ceiling fan should have a little switch on it to set it for summer or winter. During the summer months your ceiling fan should blow forward in a counter-clockwise direction, forcing air down and making you feel cooler. During the winter months your ceiling fan should blow in a clockwise direction circulating the air through the room without blowing directly on you.
So tell me, what temperature do you set your thermostat to? Leave us a comment below or on Facebook or Twitter. #thermostatwars
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