Leaving the thermostat on one temperature setting is usually a matter of convenience. After all, why bother adjusting it if the current reading is providing steady comfort? However, this is not only not recommended, it’s also an inefficient way to run your HVAC system. Whether you’re away from the house or hanging out at home, different situations require different thermostat settings. Heat pump and furnace installation contractor Econoair Heating & Cooling Inc. discusses more here.

Ideal thermostat settings

The Best Sleeping Temperatures

According to the Sleep Foundation, the best bedroom temperature for sleep is around 18.3°C (65°F). While this may vary from person to person, most doctors recommend setting the thermostat between 15.6° and 19.4°C (60° and 67°F) to achieve the most comfortable sleep. If you’re caring for an infant, adjust it one or two degrees warmer, up to 20.5°C (69®F). Tweak it accordingly if your baby is too hot or too cold to the touch, which you can determine by feeling the ears or chest.

The Ideal Temperatures for Pets

Mammals like dogs and cats have natural coping mechanisms that enable them to adjust to temperature changes. However, pets like fish and tropical amphibians don’t have this capability; they’re cold-blooded animals, which means they can’t survive in extreme temperatures. According to heating and AC repair pros, the ideal temperatures for pets range from 17.8°-25.6°C (64°-78°F) depending on the pet(s) you have in your home.

The Best Indoor Temperatures for Winter and Summer

The recommended settings for your thermostat vary depending on the time of year. On a summer day, the temperature should be set at 26°C (78°F) when you’re at home and 31°C (88°F) when you’re away or asleep. During the winter, the indoor temperature should be at 20°C (68°F) when you’re home and 17°C (62°F) when you’re asleep or away from the house.

Econoair Heating & Cooling Inc. installs thermostats from brands like Carrier®, Honeywell® and White Rodgers®. We also do heat pump, AC and furnace repair, replacement and maintenance services. Give us a call at 905-763-2400 or fill out our contact form to request a quote.

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Bruce Pou