Finding the Perfect Themostat Setting this Fall

Fall brings colder weather, and with it, changes in how you set and maintain your thermostat.  While warmer months require higher settings to save energy and stay comfortable, the cooler temperatures associated with the fall have a different set of needs.  What is the best temperature to set your thermostat for the fall?

The answer to this simple question has several parts.  To find the best setting, a homeowner must address what they feel the best temperature is for comfort and how to make sure that the setting chosen is efficient and cost effective.       

The US Department of Energy uses 68 degrees as a general recommendation for thermostat settings during the day in cooler weather while you are home and active in your house.  In 2006, the Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory reviewed 24 studies on workplace temperatures and found that about 71 degrees was optimal for people who are working in an office and are reasonably sedentary.  Most people, when they are home, are able to wear comfortable, warmer clothing.  They are also able to be slightly more active than they would be in an office setting.   This allows a slightly lower temperature for a household thermostat.  The important thing to remember with this guideline is that it is for homeowners when they are active in their home. 

There are many hours of the day when a house is either unoccupied, or the occupants are sleeping.  If a homeowner works during the day, it is very likely that the house is unoccupied for more than 8 hours.  At least 6 hours of the day can be attributed to when homeowners are asleep.  These periods of time are great opportunities to lower your thermostat temperature and save money.  Setting your thermostat up to ten degrees lower can save anywhere from 15-20 percent on your energy bills each year.  Using a programmable thermostat is an inexpensive way to manage these settings without having to make the changes manually each day.  Your thermostat can lower the temperature after you leave in the morning, but have the house warm when you return.  At night, when you are asleep, it will lower temperatures as needed and warm them before you wake.  Most quality programmable thermostats can create a separate schedule for weekends. 

The experts at SSI can help you update your thermostat so that your home operates at peak efficiency during the fall and upcoming winter.   Follow these tips and stay comfortable while saving money this year. 

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