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Energy Star recommends setting AC to 78 degrees or higher

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(CNN) – Some air conditioning tips from the federal government are dividing people on the internet.

Energy Star recommends keeping your thermostat at 78 degrees in the summer. The energy saving program also says you should crank it up to 85 when you’re not home and 82 degrees when you’re asleep.

Many people have expressed passionate opinions on the topic.

Some say those temperatures are ridiculously hot, while others claim to find them perfectly comfortable.

One element missing from the recommendations is humidity.

More moisture in the air impedes your body’s ability to cool itself by sweating, so 78 degrees in a humid area feels much warmer than the same temperature where the air is dry.

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