When it comes to thermostat temperature settings, people fall into one of two categories - those who set the thermostat at one temperature and leave it, and those who don’t. Then there are logical and/or emotional reasons why theirs is the ideal thermostat temperature. And so the battle of the thermostat begins.
To encourage home peace ;), here are what experts have to say about recommended thermostat settings. It might not end the thermostat skirmishes in your home, but at least you’ll be armed with information about the ideal thermostat temperatures.
What temperature should my house be?
Or better yet, “What is the most energy saving temperature to set my thermostat at?” Experts say that the ideal home temperature should be in between 20 to 26 degrees Celsius. To maximize energy efficiency, turning your thermostat up or down by 5 degrees while you’re away from your home can help reduce your heating and cooling costs.
What is the best temperature for an empty house?
If you’re leaving for a long vacation in the spring, summer or fall, it’s best to turn off your heat/cooling system if you don’t have anything in your home that would be at risk of overheating or freezing, i.e. plants, water pipes, technology items that are temperature-sensitive. However, in the winter, consider setting it between 10 to 15 degrees Celsius without worrying about your pipes freezing.
Will turning my thermostat down/up while I’m away make it work harder and be less efficient once it goes back to its original temperature when I'm home?
No! According to the Department of Energy, your cooling or heating appliance will work just the same amount to bring it back to its original temperature once you’re home again.
Do you want more functionality with your home's thermostat? There are many thermostat options on the market today, including some very technologically cool ones!
They allow you to change the temperature from each wall unit in your home. There are usually one or two manual thermostats in a house.
If you want to make a change that can quickly lower your home's heating and cooling costs, install a programmable thermostat.
If you’re looking to achieve maximum programmable thermostat savings, you might want to consider investing in a "smart" thermostat that is connected to your home’s wifi.
When you install a smart thermostat, you’re able to control the temperature settings from your smartphone or other connected device which makes life easier and your home more energy efficient.
Call us today for your thermostat installation needs, 403-250-9301.
As we continue to self-isolate and the days begin to get shorter, extend your backyard enjoyment with a breezy patio and a beautifully lit yard. Here are some suggestions.
Outdoor ceiling fans
Keep mosquitoes at bay on your patio with outdoor ceiling fans. Also excellent for cooling you off.
Tree-mounted uplights and downlights
Uplight trees or bushes in your landscape design. These lights are secured at the base of your landscape feature and create a spotlight that shines upwards. Or, select downlights to create a moonlight effect around trees and tall bushes. These lights are installed high in the trees, facing downwards, creating a spotlight below.
Used primarily for safety, these are commonly used for lighting walkways and other darkened outdoor areas that are frequently used by you and your family. Floodlights provide convenient lighting, create a safe walkway, and can offer great curb appeal for your home’s exterior.
Outdoor wall lights
These lights hang on the exterior walls of your home, pergola or fence to highlight certain architectural features. There is a wide range of outdoor wall lights to choose from, ranging from traditional to modern. We recommend using different wattage to create more interest in your nighttime landscaping.
If you're looking for instant curb appeal then post lights are a must to show visitors the way to your front door.
Call us today for your backyard lighting or patio ceiling fan installation needs, 403-250-9301.