Ideal Thermostat Settings for the Summer

person adjusting thermostat setting

Temperatures have a lot to do with comfort, whether you’re at the office, in your car, in a shop or at home. While there’s nothing you can do about outdoor temperatures other than to dress appropriately for the weather, indoors you have a little more freedom. You should at least be able to control the level of heat or cold in your home, if nowhere else. HVAC repair company Bounds Heating & Air discusses how temperatures affect us and what to do with your thermostat during the summer season.

Temperature and the Human Body

Normothermia and euthermia are both terms that refer to the normal temperature of a living human body, which can range between 97.7 and 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Thermoregulation allows the body to maintain a temperature within or close to this range. Of course, different factors affect a person’s body temperature, such as activity level, state of consciousness, health, and even emotions. No two people have the same exact body temperature at any given time. Outside factors affect body temperature, as well. Generally, heat and cold have an effect on how a person functions throughout any given day.

The Best Room Temperature for Summer

Make sure to contact air conditioning repair providers to take a look at your system so you don’t have to worry about breakdowns during the hottest months. At home, you can stay comfortable even on those hot summer days by using your air conditioner. Many people, however, make their homes too cold in the summer. While this is a normal reaction to the hot weather, there’s a better way to stay cool that doesn’t involve overworking your HVAC equipment and causing your cooling bills to skyrocket.

When you’re home, set your thermostat to 78 degrees, which is the temperature recommended by the U.S. Department of Energy for the summer season. Doing so will help protect you from out-of-control electricity bills. You can also buy a dehumidifier to make the room more comfortable. When you’re at work–or really anytime you’re not at home for more than two hours–set your thermostat seven to 10 degrees higher. If you’re going on a holiday, however, set your thermostat to 88 degrees. You can save up to 10% on your cooling bills by doing this, and you won’t have to wait too long for your home to get back to a comfortable level when you arrive back home.

It would be a good idea to invest in an automatic thermostat if your schedule is more or less predictable. You can also get a smart thermostat that will enable you to use WiFi to control your home’s temperature via your mobile phone. This will allow you to easily set your indoor temperature before you even get home.

At Bounds Heating & Air, we understand HVAC maintenance and its importance. Call us today at (352) 290-3370. We offer our services in Gainesville and other parts of Florida.