Does this scenario sound familiar? One person cranks the thermostat up a few degrees. Soon, another overheated household member inches it back down. Later, somebody else comes along and adjusts the temperature to their liking.
The thermostat is the source of many domestic disputes. In this situation, nobody is comfortable and nobody is happy. The debate over what the right temperature setting should be can really get heated.
If the fight over the thermostat is starting to heat up, here’s how to bring comfort and peace to your household.
Come to an agreement
Hold an old-fashioned family meeting and decide what the right temperature settings should be. For comfort and energy savings, ENERGY STAR® recommends 70°F in winter (62°F when sleeping or not home) and 78°F in summer (85°F when not home). Everyone has their own comfort level. The point is to compromise and find the best settings for your family.
Get with the program
Install a programmable thermostat and set it to automatically adjust temperatures based on your agreed upon settings. If you have a programmable thermostat and haven’t been using it, now is the time to start. Today’s smart thermostats offer advanced features, such as remote control and self-programming.
Stick to your settings
It’s easy to override the program, especially if you have a smart thermostat with remote control. Make sure everyone sticks to the agreement. If someone is too hot, they can dress lightly and use a fan. If somebody is too cold, suggest that they put on an extra layer and crawl under a blanket.
Weatherize your home
Drafty rooms can reduce comfort and add to the conflict. Check for gaps in windows and exterior doors and seal them with caulk or weatherstripping. If you suspect a more serious problem, contact a qualified insulation contractor to inspect your home and ensure that it’s properly insulated according to recommended levels. Make sure that your heating and cooling systems are cleaned and inspected annually by a qualified professional. By following these measures, you’ll enjoy the extra comfort, and some peace and quiet.