Determining the Optimal Temperature for your Programmable Thermostat

programming thermostatWhether you’re dealing with chilly winter rain or the Los Angeles area’s hot summer sun, there’s a thermostat temperature that will keep you comfortable affordably. Programmable thermostats can maintain those temperatures automatically without forcing you to constantly make adjustments.

Comfortable Winter Warmth

Most people feel comfortable at somewhere between 60 to 66 degrees, so program your thermostat for around 63 or 64 degrees for when you’re home and awake. If you find this is too cool or warm, adjust the temperature one degree at a time and try the new temperature for a few hours before you make any further adjustments. For even more savings, lower the temperature one or two degrees every month. As you acclimate to the cool weather, you’ll need less heat.

For every degree you lower your furnace thermostat temperature between 60 and 70 degrees, you can save as much as 5 percent on your heating bill. To take advantage of this fact, program your thermostat for 60 degrees for the times when you’re away from home or in bed asleep.

Refreshing Summer Cooling

When you’re home and awake, set your air conditioning temperature for no lower than 78 degrees. Every degree you raise your A/C temperature above 78 degrees can save you up to 3 percent on your air conditioning bill. For the times when you’re out of the house, 85 degrees is a good energy-saving temperature. While you can keep your temperature there overnight, if you prefer to sleep in somewhat cooler temperatures, try 82 degrees.

Using a ceiling fan can make you feel 5 to 8 degrees cooler, allowing you to lower your programmable thermostat’s temperature by the same amount and cut your cooling bills with no loss of comfort.

If you find you’re still uncomfortable even when your thermostat is set to reasonable temperatures, your home might have a humidity problem. A heating and cooling professional can help you pinpoint the cause of your discomfort.

For more tips on using programmable thermostats contact us at Reliance Home Services in the Los Angeles area.