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Ideal Thermostat Settings for Different Users and Activities

Finding the perfect thermostat setting can be challenging. To achieve optimal comfort, you need to consider the preferences of the occupants and the various activities in your home. Keep reading as trusted AC services provider Burch Oil shares what you need to know about thermostat settings as well as the signs that your cooling system needs air conditioning repair or replacement. 

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Thermostat Settings for Various Users


For elderly individuals, maintaining a comfortable temperature is especially important for their overall well-being. A setting between 68 and 74 degrees during the day and 65 to 70 degrees at night is typically recommended.


The ability to regulate body temperature is not yet fully developed in babies. That’s why your indoor environment should be cool enough for them, especially when they are sick. You must also not overdress or overbundle infants so they don’t become overheated. Ideally, the ambient temperature for babies is 68 to 72 degrees.

Individuals With Health Conditions

If you have family members or housemates with allergies or asthma, make sure your thermostat setting allows for maintaining good indoor air quality. It’s best to keep the temperature around 68 to 72 degrees while also ensuring proper humidity levels with the help of a dehumidifier or humidifier.

Thermostat Settings for Different Activities


Sleep is vital for your health, and the temperature of your room can greatly impact your sleep quality. Experts typically recommend an ambient temperature of 60 to 67 degrees for optimal rest.

Cooking or Meal Preparation

The temperature in your kitchen can rise significantly while cooking. You can lower your thermostat setting by a few degrees during this activity to keep the area comfortable.


Since exercise generates body heat, maintaining a comfortable temperature during physical activity is crucial. Aim for a thermostat setting of 65 to 68 degrees to ensure you can focus on your workout and avoid getting overheated.

Signs Your Airconditioner Needs Repair or Replacement

It may be time to repair or replace air conditioner if you notice any of these signs:

  • inconsistent temperatures throughout your home

  • rising energy bills

  • the frequent turning on and off of your air conditioning unit

  • unusual noises and smells coming from your HVAC system

Do you notice any problem telling you it’s time to replace AC? Burch Oil offers a range of HVAC solutions to help you maintain the perfect home environment. For consultations or estimates, call us at (301) 373-2131 or fill out our online form.

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