The Coolest Your Home Should Be is 78 Degrees, According to Federal Report

And the debate is getting HEATED!

August 20, 2019
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(NOW) - Over the years, we've heard many recommendations regarding just how cool our homes should be during the hot and sticky summer months in the St. Louis area.

Consumer Reports released some A/C settings recommendations to help cut down energy usage and cost.

What's the bottom line?  The coolest you should keep your house is 78 degrees when you're home and Florida's Public Service Commission also says to run ceiling fans while the A/C is on. 

"It may take some experimenting to reach a compromise, but keep in mind that you’ll save about 3 percent on your utility bill for every degree you raise the set temperature for your central air, according to the Department of Energy," the report states.

When you're at work or away from home, the program recommends setting your home at 85 degrees. Then when you're sleeping, it recommends setting the thermostat at 82 degrees.

Many Twitter users aren't taking the recommendations too kindly, saying that's way too hot to keep their home in the summer: 

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