What Temperature Should Set My Thermostat To?

What temperature should I keep my thermostat set on ? This is a question I’ve been asked on a daily basis for numerous years. If your’re wondering as well your’re probably not going to be very happy with my answer.

Keep Your Thermostat Set At whatever You Want !

I’ve come across homeowners that keep their thermostat set anywhere between 68-82 degrees. The 2 biggest factors that should determine  what your temperature setting is include your comfort level and what your are willing to pay for your electric bill. The bottom line is the lower you set your temperature the higher your electric bill will be.

I myself keep my Nest Thermostat on a schedule to ensure maximum efficiency. You must have a programmable thermostat for the scheduling feature. A programmable schedule  allows you to have your AC system set at different temperatures at different times of the day.

My Thermostat Schedule

The reasoning behind having a schedule is to not cool or heat the house when it isn’t necessary. As you can see i set my temperature up during my working hours because my wife and I wont be home. It then gradually lowers the temperature throughout the evening when those desired temperatures are easier to achieve without a spike in the electric bill .

Programmable thermostats I Recommend 

For Beginners

Honeywell Pro6000

Easy installation guide included 

WiFi Capable

For Seasoned DIYers

Nest Learning Thermostat

*  I Personally Use This Thermostat

Video Installation Link Included

WiFi Capable  


NEST Thermostat

My NEST thermostat

After doing research and talking to my customers that experienced having the NEST thermostat in their homes I decided to pull the trigger and purchase one. Its’s been three months since installation and each month as it has studied my wife and I’s habits the NEST dropped our electric bill a minimum of $12 per month ! The NEST smart thermostat connects to WiFi and pairs with my phone so i can set it to cool the home to my desired temperature before I arrive home. Below are some of the capabilities as well as a link to get the NEST and I did all the price shopping for you. The thermostat comes with a very user friendly installation guide that will take less than 10 minutes even if you’re a new DIY er. Take my word for it this thermostat is absolutely worth every penny I see it paying for it self within a year

  • WiFi capable
  • Pairs with cell phone
  • Programmable scheduling
  • Motion and sound sensors built in
  • Provides energy usage reports monthly
  • Learns residents habits to tweak schedule for additional savings
  • Tells you how long your AC should take to cool or heat the home to desired temperature


Some energy companies send you an instant $100 rebate. And many offer traditional mail-in rebates. Check with your local energy provider.