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The Ideal Thermostat Temp for Cooler Weather

Once cooler weather rolls around, you like the thermostat set to a toasty 73 degrees. Your cost-conscious spouse panics at every degree over 65. Does this sound like your home? You’re not alone – countless households battle over the ideal thermostat temp. And while this seasonal disagreement may not warrant a trip to couple’s counseling, it can make getting through the heating season in peace a challenge.

According to the Department of Energy, the ideal winter thermostat setting is the lowest comfortable temperature – usually 68 degrees F. But everyone has a different comfort zone. So how do you keep everyone happy without breaking the bank? With these five energy-saving strategies.

  1. Thermostat Placement is Key

Installing your thermostat in the wrong spot can result in inaccurate temperature readings, or “ghost readings”. The thermostat may be triggered to turn on or off unnecessarily if placed near drafts, sunlit areas, and doorways. Also, if a thermostat is blocked by furniture, it may not run effectively. So, what’s the best place for a thermostat? On an interior wall that experiences the natural airflow in a home.

  1. Turn It Down for 8 Hours a Day

If you work out of the home, turn the thermostat down during the workday by 10 degrees to realize real cost savings. Homes with pets should set the thermostat to a temperature that will keep them comfortable. Another good time to lower the temp is during the night while everyone is asleep. In fact, research shows that most people sleep better in cooler conditions.

  1. Acclimate to the Season

As the seasons change, your body requires time to adapt to cooler (or warmer) temperatures. Lower the thermostat temperature gradually so you have time to acclimate to being a little chilly. And don’t forget to wear layers, fuzzy socks, and snuggle up under a warm blanket.

  1. Maintain the Heating System

Regardless of what you set the thermostat to, you won’t realize real energy savings if your heating system is working harder than it has to. Have your heating system serviced once a year, preferably in the fall, to make sure it’s ready for another season. Check windows and exterior door frames for air leaks and seal them if needed. On sunny days, open window coverings to let the warm sunlight flood your home. And pull them closed once the sun goes down to trap as much heat in.

  1. Install a Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat can automatically adjust the temperature for you based on your family’s schedule. If your daily routine is isn’t very routine at all, consider a smart thermostat that includes settings that can automatically detect your absence and lower the temp while you’re gone. Plus, you’ll have the ability to adjust the thermostat right from your smartphone or tablet whether you’re home or away.

Here’s another great way to help reduce home heating costs: with a heating system tune-up and inspection from C&D, your local home heating professionals. With the kind of annual preventative maintenance we perform, you also can look forward to fewer repairs and longer equipment life. Call us today to schedule service.