While you may love seeing snow in the winter, you probably don’t enjoy paying to keep your home warm and comfortable. It’s not easy to adjust your thermostat; set it high, and you’ll feel satisfied even in shorts and a t-shirt, but you’ll be paying more in energy bills. Keeping the thermostat low will save you money, but you’ll spend less time in the shower and probably spend more time under a big pile of blankets.
What are the best decisions to make if you want to be comfortable, save money on your bills, and ensure that you are environmentally friendly? You can reach a middle ground for the thermostat that is comfortable to you and is also within your budget with a little bit of knowledge. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about winter thermostat setting.
Winter thermostat setting
Using a thermostat to manage your home’s heating system is energy-efficient and gives your home better temperature control. A seemingly harmless temperature increase can quickly raise your bills in winter, so you should know how to program your thermostat. Although it may seem tedious, you should read the manual with your thermostat to find out what the manufacturer recommends. If you talk to them, they probably won’t tell you how to set the temperature at optimum settings, but you may find a more energy-efficient location that can save you money without lowering the temperature too much.
When awake and at home, adjust the thermostat to 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit. Most people should be comfortable at this temperature if they wear a light sweater. You can keep your house at a comfortable temperature by setting the thermostat to 64 degrees Fahrenheit while at home and when you’re out. It is common for people to turn off the heat completely when they leave the house, but this can lead to dampness and mold on the walls and burst pipes. These issues can be expensive and potentially dangerous for your home if you are not careful.
You should keep your home at a near-constant temperature when you’re gone for an extended period of time (days or weeks). Thus, 68 degrees is the recommended temperature when you’re home. Imagine your heating system as a car, where the harder you push on the gas pedal, the more fuel you’ll consume. Keeping the speed (heat) as constant as possible is the best way to conserve power regardless of the scenario.
What is the ideal setting for a thermostat in the winter?
When it’s cold outside, you may be tempted to blast the heat, but those high temperatures can add up at the end of the month. The lowest temperature you should ever go to is 62 at any time of day. Although you’ll save on energy bills, you’ll be pretty uncomfortable. We discussed above that keeping your home between 62 and 72 degrees will be the best solution.
You can reduce your heating bill by 15 percent if you lower the thermostat for eight hours every night when you’re asleep (or when you’re at work during the day). Your energy bill could still drop even if you change just that one thing. The Department of Energy disagrees with the myth that lowering the thermostat overworks the furnace. A boiler that continuously fires up and shuts down is more energy-intensive than one that releases quick bursts of heat.
Is it cheaper to keep the heating low?
Generally speaking, yes. You can save 10% in heating and cooling costs by turning down your thermostat by 7 -10 degrees annually. Make sure your home is kept at about 64 degrees when you’re awake, with higher periods between 70 and 72 degrees when you’re asleep. If the temperature is high for only a short time, please do not turn it off or turn it down extremely low. Though this may seem like a good idea, it isn’t energy-efficient and may raise your energy bill.
When you adjust your thermostat settings, you should know that it takes an average home about an hour to warm up from 60 to 70 degrees. Using a smart thermostat is another great way to eliminate the hassle of trying different temperatures to see what feels best. These thermostats automatically regulate the temperature in your home when you’re away and turn on the heating just before you return.
Depending on whether you live in an apartment, a row house, a condo, or something similar, you may be able to set your heating a little lower, especially if you share that wall with neighbors whose heating is always on warm. As long as your home shares a wall, roof, or floor with the houses surrounding it, you can benefit from the heat they emit.
Which thermostat setting is best for winter?
It is recommended that you aim for a cooler interior temperature in winter1, according to the Department of Energy. Setting the thermostat to about 68 degrees or lower when no one is home during daylight hours is recommended, and then raising it a bit when you return home. As your house’s temperature falls, the faster the heat is lost. So if the heais on while you sleep, keep it lower.
What other ways can we use to save energy during the winter?
In addition to turning down your thermostat and leaving it on for longer hours, there are several other ways to save energy and money. Your body temperature can increase by 37 degrees if you wear an extra layer of clothing. So, if you wear a sweater, you can set your thermostat lower, saving you money on your average heating bill. It’s nice to take a long, hot shower when it’s cold outside, but you may want to take it faster if you’re concerned about your energy expenditure.
Keeping the curtains closed will also save you energy. If you live in a house or an apartment on the first floor, you probably do this anyway as soon as it begins to get dark, but thick, heavy drapes can trap a surprising amount of heat. You can also use space heaters or electric blankets to supplement your heating; make sure they’re energy-efficient, or else they won’t be worth it.