Depending on the time of year, you’ll want to set your thermostat to a different temperature to maintain comfort. Additionally, keeping a certain temperature during each major season like summer and winter is important so that your utility bill costs remain consistent throughout the season. Having a maintained temperature also ensures that your HVAC system doesn’t go into overtime to compensate for a lack of balance between the indoor and outdoor temperatures for extended periods of time.
What is the Difference Between Indoor and Outdoor Temperature?
Indoor temperature is the temperature you keep your home at when all the windows and doors are shut. This temperature tends to range between 10 and 15 degrees cooler or warmer than the outside, depending on the season. Outside temperature reflects the conditions outside of your home when you walk outside. You will want to set your home closer to “outside temperature” if you’re going to be out all day or if you leave for extended periods of time and no one will be inside the house.
Knowing the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures can help you gauge your thermostat’s temperature throughout the year. By gauging your thermostat’s temperature, you will be able to keep your utility bills around the same cost for each season.
The suggested universal temperature to set your thermostat in the winter is 68 degrees during the day. If you want to save more money on your energy bill during the winter months, then decreasing your home’s temperature to as low as 60 degrees can help. Just make sure you have lots of blankets! Additionally, adding a humidifier to rooms throughout your home can help increase your home’s indoor temperature without having to increase your HVAC system’s energy expenditure.
The suggested universal temperature to set your thermostat to in the summer is 78 degrees. This is typically done in tandem with fans throughout the house, which can make it feel like 74 or 75 degrees without it costing as much. You will want to change the temperature to a slightly warmer or cooler temperature throughout the day, as the outside temperature will increase or decrease. This will help manage your energy bill and help gain a little more energy efficiency throughout your home.
Get a Programmable Thermostat
The best way to maintain a consistent temperature for your home during these months without having to think about it is by getting a programmable thermostat! These kinds of thermostats take the worry of how you should set your thermostat when you leave for vacation or are out of the house all day. By inputting your daily schedule into your thermostat, you won’t have to think twice about what you should set the temperature to at a certain point of the day.
For more information on what temperature to set your home to, contact My Guy Heating & Air for the perfect temperature and comfort all year long.