PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — As this summer heat continues to grip much of the area, there is a hot topic regarding air conditioner temperatures. What is the best setting for your thermostat at home?
A new consumer report from Energy Star says you should set your thermostat to 78 degrees when you’re at home.READ MORE: Rabies Alert in Kent County, Delaware After Stray Cat Tests Positive
Now, if you think that’s warm – the temperature suggestions only go up from there.Man Killed In Road Rage Shooting In Springfield Identified, Authorities Say
The report also recommend setting the thermostat to 82 degrees when you sleep and 85 degrees when you’re at work or away.
One element missing from those recommendations is humidity.
More moisture in the air impedes your body’s ability to cool itself by sweating.MORE NEWS: Crime Without Punishment: Homicide Clearance Rates Are Dropping In Philadelphia As Murder Rates Skyrocket
So 78 degrees in a humid area feels much warmer than the same temperature where the air is dry.