What Is the Ideal Temperature for a House in Every Season?

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Do you feel like you’re constantly agitating over the thermostat? Do You feel too cold in the morning, but too hot in the afternoon? You even wake up in the middle of the night, sweating or shivering? 

Finding the right temperature at the right time of day in the right area of the home can take years of experimenting.   

We have put together the ideal home temperature guide to help you make an educated decision that will keep your family comfortable all year long and conserve energy along the way.  

What Is the Ideal Temperature for a House? 

It seems everyone has a different idea of what the recommended house temperature should be, but the average range is anywhere from 68 to 76 degrees Fahrenheit. Within that range, the ideal room temperature will vary according to season, activity, and the area of your home. 

In the winter time, the standard temperature is right around 70 degrees Fahrenheit. In the summer, some prefer to keep their home cooler at around 68 degrees Fahrenheit. You’ll also want to consider what area of your home is used most and what temperature would be comfortable in that setting. 

For example, if your bedrooms are on the top floor and you have one thermostat to regulate the temperature of the entire home, you’ll probably want to keep your thermostat at a lower temperature (65 to 68 degrees) so you don’t overheat the bedrooms.  

What Temperature Should You Set for Winters In Canada?  

The average thermostat setting for winter is going to be much higher than any thermostat setting in the summer. The recommended thermostat setting in the winter depends on the time of day, and whether you are present at home or not.  

The ideal healthy home temperature in winter should be no higher than 20 degrees Celsius or 68 degrees Fahrenheit. When you’re at home during the day – you’ll be reasonably comfortable at this temperature without splurging on heating 

When you’re away from home, the suggested thermostat temperature in winter is between 17 and 19 °C or 62 and 66 °F. After all, why make your home nice and toasty when there’s no one around to enjoy it?  

However, make sure not to turn down your thermostat too low. If your thermostat goes any lower than 17 °C or 62 °F, it could result in your water pipes freezing, leading to costly repairs.   

What Temperature Should You Set in the Summer?   

For summer, Direct Energy recommends that the ideal thermostat temperature should be 78 degrees Fahrenheit or 25 degree Celsius when you’re at home.  

Whether you have a programmable thermostat installed or not, you should set the daytime temperature no lower than 78 degrees F (26 degrees C). This can save you 12 % in energy dollars compared to setting your thermostat to 74 degrees F (23 degrees C).  

What Is the Best Room Temperature for Sleeping in Summer?   

Saving energy while you sleep is tricky in the summer because many people find it difficult to fall asleep in a hot room.   

Make sure the temperature where you sleep is on the cool side before you close your eyes at night. This will help your chances of getting a healthy and uninterrupted amount of sleep every night.   

Ideally, your room should be between 60 and 67°F (15.6 and 19.4°C) for healthy sleep in summer. Infants and toddlers should also be able to sleep in these temperatures with the proper sleep attire.  

What Is the Best Room Temperature for Sleeping in Winter?   

You should tone down the temperature back as low as 62 degrees when you start getting ready for bed. Warm pajamas and a thick comforter will keep your cozy and warm while lowering overnight heating costs. Remember to program your thermostat to resume 68 degrees before your alarm goes off in the morning.  

What Is the Best Temperature for an Empty House?   

Whenever you go away from home for an extended period, you should adjust the temperature to save money.  

You should set the temperature around 50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit for an empty house. Why? It will help prevent your water pipes from freezing and lower your energy bills.  

Most of the time, dropping the thermostat to 50 °F to save some heating bill is fine. You don’t need to set your thermostat too high if your plumbing runs within the interior walls. You should have no issues by leaving the thermostat at 50 °F.  

On the contrary, if you have pipes in the exterior walls of your house, you should set the thermostat higher, around 55 ℉ or 60 ℉, to warm the house and keep your pipes in the wall above the freezing temperature. 


When in doubt about setting your thermostat temperature, trust the advice from the heating and cooling experts at Crystal. Contact us today and we will happy to help you install a programmable thermostat in your home to keep your family comfortable all year long.