Different Ways to Approach the “Ideal Room Temperature”

Posted - June 30, 2022
The Perfect Room Temperature for Pets, Babies, Elderly, and While You're Away

Let’s start this post off with an honest statement. Everyone has their own idea of what the ideal temperature is for them. Some homeowners love to keep their home at a “cool 75 degrees Fahrenheit” while others stick to a frigid 69 to 70 degrees year-round.

Whatever your HVAC setting preferences are, there are certain situations where it could be beneficial for you and your family to adjust the thermostat temporarily.

Let’s get into three key situations where the ideal room temperature may not be what you’re used to and why making minor temperature adjustments matters.

Keeping Your Home Cool for Your Pets

You love your pets and we can bet you want to keep your fur babies comfortable during the summer and winter. Unfortunately, dog and cat temperature preferences fluctuate between breed, size, and the amount of fur they have.

Some average temperatures we’ve found that keep dogs and cats comfortable are the following:

  • Dogs: About 75 degrees in the summer; Between 69 and 72 in the winter.
  • Cats: 85 to 90 degrees in the summer; 68 – 80 degrees in the winter, depending on the size of the cat (larger cats function better in warmer temperatures).

As you play with the temperature of your home for your pet, observe how they react to their environment. If they seem relaxed and refrain from excessive panting or irritability, you’ve likely hit the sweet spot in your thermostat settings that keep your pet functioning happily, and healthy.

Entertaining Babies and the Elderly

Newborns and the elderly are among some of the most delicate members of society. So much so that even incorrect temperatures can lead to devastating situations like SIDS and hypothermia.

If you have babies or an elderly family member living in your home, make sure that their room is set at an even temperature that keeps them healthy and comfortable.

For babies, the ideal comfort is between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Elderly-safe temperatures are similar and lie between 68 and 74 degrees Fahrenheit.

What About When You’re Away From the Home?

If you go away from home for prolonged periods of time on a regular basis, we suggest investing in a smart thermostat you can control and monitor from afar.

Left unmonitored, your HVAC is likely going to run at the setting it’s been left on, potentially wasting cool air on an empty home.

While away, set your temperature to about 85 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer and 55 degrees in the winter. These slightly higher settings keep your home at a moderate temperature and prevent overworking and damage to your system while you are away.

What if Your HVAC’s Temperature Won’t Stay Comfortable?

If your thermostat is constantly bouncing from setting to setting on its own or your HVAC is blowing warm air out when cool air is what you’re expecting, you may need the help of an HVAC professional.

At Advanced Home Comfort, we’ve seen every HVAC issue and can quickly pinpoint your problem and help you get back to comfortable thermostat settings.

Schedule Your Summer HVAC Maintenance Today With Advanced Home Comfort

If your HVAC is acting up and you need help from our licensed HVAC technicians, reach out to Advanced Home Comfort today! We can schedule your in-home inspection and help you restore your HVAC as an important member of your family.

Contact us today to learn more about our home health services and schedule an appointment with a member of our team.