Setting our thermostats low in the summer helps keeps us comfortable, and keeping your home cool at other times of the year actually has several benefits as well. Adjusting the temperature in your home down just 2° to 5° can help you sleep better and even lose weight. We’ll look at five different ways lowering the temperature on your thermostat can help you. If turning down the heat all day isn’t for you, perhaps start out lowering your temps for the overnight hours or while you’re away from home to reap some of the benefits. Studies have shown that setting your thermostat lower for just four hours per day can have a significant impact.
Common, non-tropical houseplants do not like hot weather. Likewise, keeping your thermostat at 75° or above creates a sauna for your plants. When they are warm, your plants need more water to stay healthy. By dropping your temperature below 75°, you can actually prolong their life, as they won’t need to consume water as fast.
Keeping your temperatures set below 70° causes your body to want to keep itself warm. It does this by increasing the amount of energy consumed (burning calories) doing any physical activity. This can help you lose an extra 100 calories per day, which can drop one pound per month.
Refrigerators and Freezers
We all know a refrigerator and a freezer’s job is to keep food, beverages, and other perishables cold. If you keep your thermostat below 65°, your refrigerator does not need to work as hard to keep the internal temperatures at their set levels.
Your brain needs to cool down to be able to enter sleep. By setting your temperature below 65° at night, your brain cools down quicker and gets to the point when it can shut down quicker. If your room is too warm, your mind will continue to function at higher levels, taking longer to cool and put you to sleep.
For every degree you lower your thermostat during non-summer months, you can save 1% to 3% on your energy bill. Don’t let your thermostat settings go below 55°, especially if you won’t be home for a long period of time, as this presents a risk of bursting water pipes. By lowering your thermostat 5° to 10° overnight, you can save 10% to 15% on your energy use for that time period.
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