Finding the perfect temperature for your house can be a bit of a guessing game. The ideal setting changes from season to season, person to person, and even day to day. If it’s too humid or too dry, it can feel uncomfortable inside. And if you turn the heat up too high on a cold winter’s day, you’ll find yourself uncomfortable when your energy bill comes. So we asked our resident expert – Keith Hill – what temperature should I set my thermostat?
Your Comfort’s Hero: Perfect Humidity Levels
Keith, the technical support manager for Minnesota Air, says that everyone is different when it comes to temperature. In fact, what you perceive as a comfortable temperature may not feel that great in reality.
“Sometimes a preconceived idea of what a comfortable temperature is – is not (comfortable),” he says. “Keep in mind that humidity plays a role. You may be comfortable at 70 degrees with 40 percent relative humidity, but feel cool at 72 degrees with a 20 percent humidity level.”
Because humidity can affect your skin, air quality, woodwork, and furnishings – it’s important to keep it in check. Less humidity in your home in the summer months is great for your body’s comfort. In fact, a big part of your air conditioner’s job is to remove humidity from the air. Drier air inside during the summer means less of that soggy, sticky feeling on your skin.
“Dry air makes us feel cooler as it evaporates the moisture on our skin, making our skin temperature cooler,” says Keith.