The Best Thermostat Settings for Every Season

Your home’s HVAC system provides comfort and convenience all year round. However, it can account for as much as 50 percent of your energy bill, according to

Most people want to control their energy usage and budget while still staying comfortable. Adjusting your system’s thermostat during the day and at different times of the year will provide both savings and comfort.

During the Spring

The transition to spring can make energy usage unpredictable since temperatures vary from one day to the next and from one part of the state to the next. Start by keeping your thermostat at 68 degrees (20 degrees Celsius) when you are home during cold days (78 degrees Fahrenheit or 26 degrees Celsius on warm days).

Then turn it down 10 to 15 degrees when you are asleep or out of the house. So long as the temperature doesn’t drop below freezing, you can turn down your thermostat quite a bit overnight or while you are gone in daytime without worrying about frozen pipes.

During the Summer

During the summer months, you should set your thermostat to 78 degrees Fahrenheit (26 Celsius) when you are at home. When you are gone for four or hours or longer, increase the temperature to 88 Fahrenheit (31 Celsius). You can save as much as eight percent on your monthly bill for each degree over 78 that you set your thermostat during the summer.

During the Fall

The fall season also can have unpredictable temperatures so it’s good to keep an eye on your thermostat. Set it at about 56 degrees Fahrenheit (13.5 Celsius) overnight, then 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 Celsius) after you get up in the morning.

Turn it back down to 56 degrees when you leave for the day. When you return home, set it back to 68 degrees until you go to bed, then turn it back down to 56 degrees.

During the Winter

During the winter months, keep your thermostat at 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 Celsius) when you are home during the day.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s website,, turning down your thermostat by 10-15 degrees for eight hours during the day will reduce your energy bill by 5-15 percent annually.

Also consider turning down your thermostat while you sleep and using a blanket or blankets for extra warmth. Humidity also affects your home’s comfort level, so learn to manage that as well.

Trying to figure out the best thermostat setting for your Dundalk home? Call Reliability Home at 443-399-8663, and we’ll be happy to assist you.