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How Do I Check Room Temperature in My Home?

You can use a thermostat, a thermometer, or a mobile app on your smartphone to check room temperature in your home. Each of these devices will display room temperature, so it depends on what you’re most comfortable using.

What Number are Your Aiming For?

The standard temperature for a comfortable room is around 68 to 72 °F (20 22 °C). This range can change with the seasons, adding a degree or two in the winter, and subtracting in the summer. If you’re someone who prefers a cooler temperature for a good night’s sleep, your ideal bedroom temperature may be a bit lower than the standard.

Read on for ways to check the temperature of a room, so you know how and where to adjust your indoor climate.

Install a Thermostat

The most reliable and long-term solution for an accurate reading? Install a new thermostat. A thermostat is a device mounted to a wall in your home that detects and displays the temperature in the room.

There are a few different types of thermostats that you can install:

Non-programmable thermostats

Non-programmable thermostats are your basic functioning thermostats. You can use these devices to manually adjust the temperature in your home, as well as read the temperature on the device.

Programmable thermostats

Programmable thermostats offer the ability to program the temperature of your home to change at certain times of the day, or on certain days of the week. For example, you could set your room temperature to be slightly cooler at night while you sleep and warmer during the day, or have it turn on (or off) whether you’re home or away.

Wi-Fi thermostats

A Wi-Fi thermostat is a programmable thermostat that connects to your home’s wireless network. You’re able to access the thermostat’s network from a mobile device, even when you aren’t home! It comes in handy when you want to adjust your home’s temperature at any time, anywhere.

Smart thermostats

Smart thermostats are the latest developments in temperature control: they bring a whole new level of functionality and efficiency. These devices are controlled by your smartphone and can integrate with other smart devices in your home, so it’s quick, easy, and convenient to adjust your settings exactly how you like them.

Other Ways to Check Room Temperature

Check room temperature with a thermometer

If you aren’t looking to purchase and install a thermostat, you can also check your room’s temperature with a simple thermometer. Here’s how to do it:

  • Find a working thermometer in your home, or purchase one. You can test it on yourself to make sure it’s working properly.

  • Place your thermometer in the center of the room. If possible, set it down on a table or chair rather than the floor, because the temperature closer to the floor might not be the same as the rest of the room.

  • Wait five minutes for the thermometer to adjust to your room’s temperature. Try not to stand close to the thermometer while you wait, because your body heat might impact the temperature.

  • Read the number on the thermometer — that’s your room temperature!

How to check room temperature in mobile

Why not skip the traditional tools and just use your smartphone instead? You can check room temperature with apps once you download them from the App Store or Google Play store. My AcuRite, HD Thermometer, and Room Temperature App are some leading apps, but you may find others that work well for you, too.

How do they work? Well, these apps are designed to measure ambient temperature, which is the temperature of the room. They use sensors built into your mobile device to read the temperature around you, and display it on the screen.

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