Many homeowners know that they can help lower their energy bills by turning the heat down at night. But just where should you set that thermostat? What temperature is comfortable enough to sleep in, but low enough to save you money?
Let's take a look at the ranges you should aim for – especially in the warm nights where setting the AC is an important sleeping decision, and cold nights when you have to decide whether to turn up the heat!
Basic Temperature Ranges
Aim for around 70 degrees. This is just the right temperature for the human body as it gets ready to sleep. For more temperate climates, you may find that the night temperatures naturally fall in this area and very little heating or cooling is need. For hotter climates, you can set the AC to around 70 degrees for reliable cooling, or set it a bit higher to save more money.
Remember, how you sleep will also impact your comfort levels. If you like to pile on the blankets, then you probably won't be using much AC, and on cold nights you can set the heat low. On the other hand, by shedding the blankets you can endure hot nights more easily, and set your thermostat AC a bit higher to save more money.
Temperatures for the Very Young
70 degrees is a good rule for the average human body. However, babies and toddlers may need a little extra heat for maximum comfort. For the younger ones, the best temperature range is 70 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Depending on the HVAC system in your home, you may be able to set different temperatures for different areas of the house, which makes it easier to keep warmer temperatures in kids' rooms and cooler temperatures where the adults sleep.
Otherwise, consider different ways you could control the temperatures. Maybe your kids would feel more comfortable with an extra blanket! Or, maybe you could make your bedroom cooler by opening a window before you go to bed, providing more direct cooling for that particular room (if outside temperatures allow).
Temperature for the Elderly
Also keep in mind that the elderly, much like young children, are generally more comfortable sleeping at warmer temperatures. When it comes to setting your AC, this can save some money, as cooler temperatures aren't needed! However, we suggest avoiding setting the heating too high on cold nights – that's an easy way to waste energy, and no one should be sleeping at temperatures around 75 degrees or higher. For elderly sleepers that feel cold, thicker blankets may be the best solution.
The Role of Humidity
Temperature is one thing, but comfort levels are also affected by humidity. High humidity at night can make warm weather feel much worse! However, before turning on the AC, keep in mind that it's more cost effective to deal with humidity directly. Try keeping windows closed and using a dehumidifier in your home to increase comfort levels.
Have more questions about setting your temperature and managing your thermostat the smart way? Contact Action Heating and Air today to learn more or request a service!