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The ideal thermostat temperature is the temperature that you want your house to be at all times. If your home gets too cold, it can lead to decreased energy efficiency and an increased risk of health problems. However, if it gets too hot, it means wasting energy and increasing utility bills. So what is the most efficient temperature?
The best temperature is a Goldilocks situation, in which your home isn't too hot, or too cold. A good way to maintain this temperature is to set the heater at one temp during the day when you’re away, and another at night when you’re home. Typically this is 68 degrees when you’re home in the winter, or 60 degrees when you’re away from the home in winter. For summer, 78 when you’re home, and 86 when you’re away.
This temperature allows air to circulate, so you won't have stale air, but it isn't too cold to be uncomfortable in the winter. It reduces the amount of energy needed for your house each day, saving money. It's also most comfortable for humans who are awake during the day, so no one has to deal with freezing or sweltering homes.
If you are looking to save money on your heating bill, setting the thermostat around this temperature at all times is the best way to do it. It's comfortable for everyone in the house and doesn't use too much energy.
If your house gets colder or hotter than this for more than a few hours each day, there's likely something wrong with your HVAC system that means you need to get it serviced. If you pay for central air in your home, contact a local HVAC company to see if they can take a look for you and offer some suggestions on how to increase the efficiency of your system at keeping your house at an ideal temperature.
If you don't have central air, talk with people who do about their heating and cooling habits. They could have some good ideas about how to keep your home in the Goldilocks temperature zone without spending too much money doing it.