What’s the Best Temperature to Set My Furnace to This Winter?
When temperatures start dropping as winter settles in, people often ask themselves what’s the best temperature to set their furnace to. There isn’t any one answer, as everyone has their preferences. However, there are best practices when it comes to saving energy and reducing utility bills.
What Should I Set My Thermostat To?
When you’re home, you should set the furnace to between 68 degrees and 70 degrees. When everyone is gone from home or asleep, reduce the temperature to between 62 degrees and 66 degrees. There’s no point in keeping an empty home comfortably warm and blankets warm you at night.
But That’s Too Cold!
You can ease into cooler temperatures over time, as the human body is great at adapting. If you’re used to 75 degrees in your home, try slowly setting it back to 70 degrees over the course of a few weeks. It’s likely you won’t even notice the cooler temperatures, and you can also dress a little warmer.
Make Use of a Programmable Thermostat
You can make it easier for yourself to change temperatures in your home by investing in a programmable or smart thermostat. Both of these types of thermostats eliminate the need to fiddle with your thermostat or to remember to adjust it when you’re going to bed.
Beck Cohen in Charlottesville, VA, can help you select the perfect thermostat for your home. We carry a range of Lennox thermostats that feature precise, energy-saving control.
How Much Can I Save Turning Down My Thermostat?
The Department of Energy conducted a study and said you can save about 1% for each degree you turn your thermostat down per eight hours. This adds up to significant savings as heaters comprise a large part of your energy bills in the winter.
At Beck Cohen, we repair, replace, and tune-up heaters and air conditioners. You can also count on us for plumbing, electrical, indoor air quality, duct sealing, and generators. When you’re ready for the best in-home services, please give our office a call.