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.