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We all have HVAC systems in our homes and know how to set room temperature using the thermostat. But are you actually aware of what the ideal temperature for your home is? What should your room temperature be for summers and what should it be for winters? Is there a reason why there are ideal temperatures? We’ll answer all these questions and more in this short read.
What is the ideal temperature for your home?
The ideal room temperature inside a home varies depending on a lot of factors. That being said, the range that most home temperatures are maintained at is between 68 and 76 degrees Fahrenheit. Most homes now have smart thermostats that maintain these temperatures without us having to bother. That does not mean the temperature ought to remain constant in all areas of your home.
For example, kitchens are among the warmest rooms in any home, and the temperature there may be set to be lower than in other rooms.
Similarly, the weather plays a huge difference in room temperature as well. Summers tend to see cooler air conditioner settings, with winters obviously seeing the thermostat set to keep the home warm and balmy.
Let’s take a closer look at ideal temperatures based on weather.
Summertime and wintertime temperatures
Most often, the room temperature during summers is mostly set at around 68 degrees Fahrenheit, while winter temperatures are usually set closer to between 72 degrees Fahrenheit and 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
Babies require a constant room temperature of between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit since very warm temperatures can make them susceptible to SIDS.
If your elders live with you, the ideal temperature range in your home is between 68 and 74 degrees Fahrenheit, especially if they are above the age of 65. Pay attention and ensure they are not exposed to temperatures lower than 68 degrees since this increases the risk of respiratory diseases and even hypothermia.
These temperatures do not remain constant throughout the house, though. Rooms on the top floor of the home are likely to become warmer during the summers, meaning you will need to reduce the temperature in order to cool the room.
Similarly, during the winters, rooms like basements require more warmth than the rest of the house, since they are the coldest parts of our homes.
According to the US Department of Energy, if you’d like to reduce energy costs, it is best to set room temperature as close to outdoor temperature as possible. This will mean your HVAC system has to work less hard heating and cooling your home, and will, therefore, save you money as well. Keep this in mind while setting your programmable thermostats.
Sleeping well has a lot to do with how healthy we are, and this makes room temperature while you sleep very important.
Now, you may assume that room temperature in your bedrooms can remain the same as what it was during the day when you sleep as well. Science, however, tells us otherwise. We tend to sleep better at lower temperatures.
The reason for this is that our body temperatures drop when we sleep, and if the room temperature does not reduce accordingly, it will lead to restlessness, affecting the quality of sleep we get.
For this reason, it is ideal to set your thermostat to between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit when you sleep. Of course, some people may like it warmer while some like it colder, so personal choice does play an important role as well.
The ideal temperature for pets
Pets, or fur babies, as a lot of pet parents call them, also need room temperature to be regulated depending on their size, how much fur they have, and other factors.
For example, summer house temperatures of between 75 to 78 degrees Fahrenheit and winter temperatures of 68 to 72 degrees are ideal.
Cats need much warmer temperatures than dogs, with ideal summer temperatures being between 85 to 90 degrees in summer and 68 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit in winter.
Why smart homes are a great innovation
Technology has come a long way, and that’s a good thing. As much as 25% of all energy expenditure in the US is accounted for by air conditioning alone. This makes it important to control your energy spending, and smart home technology allows you to do just that.
For example, it is not uncommon for HVAC systems to overwork and for home temperatures to go to extremes when you’re away on vacation. Now, you can set it to the ideal temperatures of between 85-90 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer and 50-55 degrees in the winter when you’re away, and monitor that through an app on your phone in real-time.
So consider converting your house into a smart home if you haven’t already. You will have dynamic control of your home’s HVAC and other systems while you’re away, allowing you to save money on energy bills and enjoy conveniences such as automated lighting, enhanced home security, and more.
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