Thermostat Wars are real! Especially after we hear news like this. New guidelines have been released (by Consumer Reports) as to where you should set your thermostat to be energy efficient.
• 78° F when you’re home
• 85° F when you’re at work or away
• 82° F when you’re sleeping
Those are high for the hottest summer in a while. Especially the suggestion for night.
82 degrees AT NIGHT!!
Consumer Reports seriously headlined their guidelines "Cool ideas for staying comfortable while saving energy". Ha.
Twitter's reaction was immediate.
But here's where the Woody and Jim research department brings you something no other outlet was smart enough to ask. What do sleep experts say the temperature should be?
According to Sleep.org, the optimal temperature for sleeping is between 60 and 67 degrees! So there.
We had HVAC experts also tell us that if you follow the new guidelines and set your house to 85 all day, and then try to call it down when you get home, your unit will have to work like a beast to recover. Those units have to get replaced waaaaay before their time.
BTW, here's what it's going to feel like today.