Arguing over what the thermostat should be set at in the winter is pretty common among families. Ever wonder what the thermostat is recommended to be set at during the winter? Let’s discuss ways you can cut costs on heating each year by sticking to one temperature during the colder months.
What Should My Thermostat Be Set At In The Winter?
The truth is, everyone reacts differently to the weather outside. Some might not be affected too much, while others will want to crank up the heat and put on a warm blanket. Heating your home does require using a lot of energy and in order to reduce heating costs while still keeping warm, your thermostat should be set at 68 degrees.
Energy Star recommends that your thermostat be set to 68, which could save 10% on heating each year. 68 degrees is the lowest comfortable temperature you could go to while saving the most money at the same time. Some people might think 68 degrees is too cold during the winter and might feel more comfortable setting their thermostat at 70. That’s okay too, everyone has different preferences when it comes to heating their home.
If you are interested in cutting costs and making your energy more efficient, try setting your thermostat to 68 and see how that goes.
What Should My Thermostat Be Set At During The Winter At Night?
You might be tempted to crank your heating up at night, but it’s recommended to actually lower it by a few degrees. During the day we recommend setting your thermostat at 68 degrees, and at night about 65 degrees would be ideal.
Setting Your Thermostat When You’re Away In The Winter
You might have a vacation planned during the winter months and are wondering what to set your thermostat at. We recommend setting your thermostat at 64 degrees while you are away. If you have indoor house plants, then we recommend nothing lower than 60 degrees.
Thermostat Location is Key
You want to make sure that your thermostat is sitting in the right location in your home, to ensure optimal results and that you aren’t getting a false temperature reading. If placed near sunlight or doorways, your thermostat could be triggered to start running, wasting energy as well as money.
To avoid this, place your thermostat on a wall that receives the most natural airflow in your home.
Lower Your Thermostat Gradually!
Start by lowering your thermostat by one degree each week. This will help get your family acclimated to the settings and help adjust your thermostat in order to save money. A 1-degree change might not seem like a lot, but it could actually lower your costs by 1% over a few days.
Maintain Your Heating System
In order to lessen your repairs and bills, it’s important to maintain your heating system. Replace your air filters, and keep objects away from air vents to ensure proper circulation. It would also benefit you to schedule home heating maintenance each year before the winter.
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Since 2004, Coastal Refrigeration has been proudly serving residential and commercial customers in Monmouth, Ocean, and Middlesex County, New Jersey with heating, air conditioning, and other HVAC services.
Coastal Refrigeration is here to help with all of your heating and cooling needs. Contact us today to get a free heating and cooling estimate!