A graphic making the rounds on social media this week suggested several thermostat settings, but its temperature for sleep raised eyebrows.
When it’s bedtime, what do your sleeping habits rely on as the best temperature for sleep? If you’re like me, nowhere near what a graphic circulating on Facebook and Twitter suggested.
If goes without saying that if you want to save money on the electric bill this time of year, you’ll want to turn it up, not down.
We get it.
But when recommendations from Energy Star began making the round this week, people balked.
Energy Star is a program of the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency. Its goal, naturally, is to help the environment and conserve energy, while saving energy consumers money.
Their motives may be admirable.
Their recommendations are not exactly comfortable.
In a nutshell, it recommends three temperatures for your home over the course of the day.
When you’re home in the morning, the thermostat should be set to 78°. When you leave for the day to go to work, you should turn the thermostat up to 85°.
When you get back home, you drop it back down to a mildly toasty 78°, until it’s bedtime.
That’s when you turn the temperature up to 82°.
Clearly, these folks have never left a northern state where humidity is less of an issue than it is in the southern half of the country.
I can’t sleep well in a room where the temperature is more than 75°. In fact, when I travel for work, I’m only too happy to sneak the thermostat down to about 65° before bed.
For me, it’s always easier to sleep cuddled up under an extra blanket than to feel too hot even for a sheet.
I sleep with a fan blowing on the bed. This time of year, I keep the thermostat down to around 75°. (That’s done to keep the electric bill below $200.) And you can bet in July and August, the fan’s usually on high.
How about you?
Could you be comfortable in a home during the summer months where the temperature during the day is at 78° and 82° while you’re sleeping?
If not, you’re not alone.
In fact, the National Sleep Foundation blow Energy Star’s little recommendations right out of the water.
NSF suggests the best temperature for optimal sleep is between 60 and 67 degrees. I could sleep far better at 67° than I could ever sleep at 82°.
And I rarely change my thermostat’s setting throughout the day and night. I try to keep it set at around 75 with fans blowing. Occasionally, I’ll lower it a bit just before bedtime if it’s particularly humid.
Seriously, you haven’t felt humidity until you’re in the southern United States. You just haven’t.
Even with the lower settings, I always have at least one fan running. Otherwise, I’d have to lower the thermostat a bit more.
Do you agree?