Many factors affect our temperature preferences. Age, gender, health, and physiological factors all play a role. In the typical household, this can make it very difficult to find a temperature that is satisfactory for everyone. Your best bet at finding a suitable indoor temperature that works for all occupants will likely involve incorporating a variety of strategies.
Smart Programming of Your Thermostat
Since there is no one temperature that will work for everyone, it is a good idea to nevertheless first establishing programming guidelines then work around these. Effective use of the thermostat involves setting temperatures according to schedules. For example, when no one is at home, there is no reason to keep the house extra warm in the winter or cold in the summer. Set your thermostat for preferred temperatures when people are home and active. Programming in this manner allows you to be more efficient and save energy.
One solution for effectively controlling the thermostat is to use a programmable or smart thermostat. These devices enable you to set temperatures according to routine or schedules, such as when the household wakes up, leaves for school and work, and goes to bed. These thermostats give you flexibility and control, as these updates can be made automatically, throughout the day, without you needing to be present to make the changes.
Finding that Happy Medium
After establishing the basic thermostat settings, comfort for all can be improved by incorporating strategies such as:
- Wearing appropriate clothing. For example, lighter clothing to keep cool, and layers to keep warm.
- Using fans to supplement cooling in summer and heaters for added warmth during the cold months.
- Ensuring there is no problem with the building’s envelope. Air leaks can prevent loss of valuable air make it harder to heat or cool some areas. Check your home properly for cracks or leaks in doors and windows, and ensure your home is properly insulated.
Rooms on upper floors will also have different temperatures than rooms on lower floors. Options such as zoning can also effectively manage temperatures throughout your home.
The experts at Ray & Son Heating & Air Conditioning can help to evaluate your home or office to improve heating and cooling. Call us today at (229) 686-5531 for more information or to schedule an appointment.