Many homeowners around this time of year are tempted to put their thermostat on a high temperature to warm up their home. While this seems like a good idea to heat up your home fast, it actually doesn’t help. Setting your thermostat on high during winter will cause an increase in your energy bills and damage your heating system. To save money and your comfort this holiday season, here are tips to set up your thermostat at the best temperature.
What’s the Ideal Temperature?
During winter, The Department of Energy has found that setting your thermostat at 68 degrees Fahrenheit when you’re awake and at home is a good room temperature to save money. While you should set it a bit lower when you sleep or are away from home. If this seems a bit low for you try aiming for 72 degrees, having your temperature 68 to 72 degrees will keep your home warm and comfortable. Sometimes it might be hard to focus on the right number you should set when the seasons change, especially if you have your own temperature preference, but there are ways to ease you in more easily while saving money on your energy bills.
How to Ease into Winter?
While setting your temperature at the right temperature to save money and improve your comfort, there are other ways to help.
1. Setting your thermostat back one degree each week for eight hours can help ease you in the sudden temperature drop and get you comfortable to the ideal temperature that’s recommended.
2. Don’t constantly raise or lower the temperature throughout the day, it can cost you more on your energy bills over time. The Department of Energy recommends turning your thermostat back 7 to 10 degrees for 8 hours a day from your normal setting to save 10% on your energy bill.
3. Wearing warmer clothing and layering up can help keep you warm while setting your temperature to 68 degrees.
4. Replace your filters so the air flow can be improved and warm up your home efficiently.
5. Inspect your home for any drafts or leaks and seal up any cracks and gaps you may find. This will keep your warm indoor air from escaping outside.
6. Have your heating system tuned-up before winter to make sure everything is working well and fix any repairs if needed.
Finding the perfect indoor temperature during the winter season can be a challenge in both trying to comfort your family and keeping the energy bill down low. Following these tips can help you in the long run and it’s important to always have your heating system checked before the winter season arrives. We’re here to help at Omni Air HVAC for all your heating needs! Call us today for any questions or concerns you may have with your heating system and we’ll be happy to help.