There are reasons to lower your thermostat besides the obvious reason that it saves money. Studies have shown that lower temperatures can actually be a good thing. Here are some reasons to why you should lower your thermostat temperature.
There are reasons to lower your thermostat besides the obvious reason that it saves money. Studies have shown that lower temperatures can actually be a good thing. Here are some reasons why you should lower your thermostat temperature. Helps you lose weight Putting your thermostat temperature to a few degrees below 70 degrees F can actually help you lose weight. Lifehacker's article "Five Reasons to Lower Your Thermostat (Besides Saving Money)" explains that a lower temperature can raise your energy expenditure, the amount of energy you use in a certain time period, which helps burn calories. This temperature could help you burn up to 100 calories per day, adding up to 3,500 calories a week, which is equal to one pound. Keeping your thermostat at a lower temperature can help you lose one pound each week. Helps battery life and function Just like humans, batteries function better and have a longer service life at certain temperatures. Battery University's article explains that batteries function the best at a room temperature of around 68 degrees F, and batteries such as nickel-based batteries which are used for portable devices and AA or AAA batteries start losing battery life and functionality at more moderate temperatures like 86 degrees F. At these more moderate temperatures, the battery life can be reduced by as much as 20 percent. Colder temps bring you closer Even though colder temperatures may not be all that comfortable, studies have shown that lower temperatures can actually bring people closer together. In 2012, a study was done by researchers at Newcastle University to find the amount of cellphone use during different time periods. Dr. Phithakkitnukoon, an expert in social computing at Newcastle University's Culture Lab stated in Huffington Post's article, "Surprising Health Benefits of Cold Weather," "We found that during uncomfortable weather our 'ringing anyone' behavior declined, talking on the phone for longer to our close friends and family more than our wider network." Get better sleep at night Lifehacker's article also explains that lower temperatures can help you sleep at night. When going to sleep, your brain has to reach a certain "set point." When the room temperature is warmer, it takes longer for your brain to reach this point in order to fall asleep. But with lower room temperatures, your brain can reach this set point faster, allowing you to fall asleep sooner.%3Cimg%20src%3D%22http%3A//beacon.deseretconnect.com/beacon.gif%3Fcid%3D147476%26pid%3D46%22%20/%3E