What is your ideal indoor temperature?

Do you ever have thermostat wars in your house? You like it a few degrees cooler while your significant other likes it a few degrees warmer…. So where is the ideal setting for your thermostat?

Most homes and offices keep the temperature set at about 68° to 70°. According to research done by the Helsinki University of Technology, the ideal temperature for productivity is between 70° and 73°. Research has also shown that the ideal sleeping temperature is between 65 and 72°.

ideal indoor temperature

But when you’re talking about your home, it really doesn’t matter what the research says. You should set your thermostat where you feel most comfortable. But if you find yourself in the middle of a thermostat war, keep in mind that you don’t want to be changing the temperature more than a couple of degrees or you could be sacrificing efficiency. If you are constantly changing your thermostat temperature more than a couple of degrees either way, your unit will have to work extra hard to keep up. So try to find a happy medium if you can!

Danny from Stay Comfy, Minnesota explains the ideal thermostat setting for maximum efficiency in this video:

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One Response to What is your ideal indoor temperature?

  1. shane van says:

    We are just putting together a blog on this topic at http://www.onsolution.com.au but what a controversial topic.

    A person who has just been outside doing activity walks into a building and sits next to a person who has been idle (well, working hard at their PC) for the last 4 hours and there is no way they will agree on the ideal temperature.

    To make matters worse, when it comes to office airconditioning, one person is sitting under the vent and is blasted with the cold air, while another person is sitting in the corner and is over heating.

    Finally, if you are sitting in the sun then expect to be significantly warmer than the ambient temperature (that one we covered at http://onsolution.com.au/blog/2012/heat-absorption-science-experiment/).

    At home it is a bit easier…put another jumper on in winter.

    For summer, in Australia, if you can’t handle the heat…move.

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