How to Win the Thermostat War

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Do you have a loved one who regularly complains about the temperature in your home being too hot? Here in the Valley of the Sun where temperatures frequently climb above 100 degrees, it’s a common problem that plagues many households. Yet, even in the mild months of winter and spring, there’s often at least one dweller who likes it cooler than the others. The key to avoiding a thermostat war is establishing some ground rules and ways to compromise.

Gender Differences

There are definite physiological differences between the genders that result in women experiencing temperature differently than men. In general, women have a lower metabolic rate and a greater percentage of body fat, resulting in them being more sensitive to cold.  In other words, if you’re arguing that it’s too hot or too cold, you both may be right. The key is being able to negotiate a comfortable temperature in the middle that is bearable for both of you.

Overcome Perception

Feeling a little overheated can often be more in your head than a reality. If you’re feeling warm, check the thermostat. You may be surprised that it’s well within the normal range. To keep the temperature steady, consider investing in a programmable or smart thermostat that enables you to set the temperature and go. At Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating, we recommend 78 degrees in the summer and 68 degrees during the winter for the times when you’re both at home and awake.

Manage Stress

With today’s hectic lifestyles, there’s plenty of stress to go around. Family members under the most stress likely will feel hotter. This is because body temperature rises with additional stress due to increased blood flow. If you or a loved one is regularly complaining of heat, it may be time to evaluate stress levels. Often some deep breathing or yoga can help lower the tension enough to bring your temperature back into check.

But, It Could Be an HVAC Problem

While a home that’s too hot could be just the opinion of a family member, it can also be a sign of a failing HVAC system. To ensure a consistent temperature in your home, call Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating today to schedule AC service or to learn more about our affordable maintenance plans. Call us at 480-968-5652.