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What Temperature Should I Set My Heater to During the Winter?

January 26, 2022 | Blog

For many, winter conditions mean high heater settings. However, you may be surprised to find out that a lower setting may be more energy-efficient and more comfortable for your home. Before you set your thermostat, contact Skelton’s Heating, Cooling & Plumbing for heater repairs and maintenance so you are prepared for winter temperatures.

What is a Good Thermostat Temperature in the Winter?

68° Fahrenheit is the optimal indoor temperature during the winter. According to the Department of Energy, 68° is a comfortable temperature that can prevent heat loss when using a standard furnace or baseboard heating system. It is most recommended when you are in the house throughout the day.

During the nighttime, lower your thermostat by 10-15° to help reduce your energy bill by 5-15%. In the summer, set the thermostat to a warmer setting while you’re out of the house and lower the temperature to cool down the house while you’re home.

The smaller the difference between the temperature in your home and the outside temperature means the less your bill will be. If this temperature is too low for you, layer your clothing for proper insulation.

What Temperature is Most Energy-Efficient?

According to Energy Star, setting your thermostat anywhere between 70-78° Fahrenheit can significantly reduce your energy bill. When leaving your home, turn off the thermostat instead of wasting warm air. The perfect sleep setting is between 65 and 72° to help regulate your body temperature.

Where Should You Put Your Thermostat?

The best place to keep your thermostat is on a wall near the center of your house, though there are some areas that you want to avoid putting your thermostat.

Avoid These Areas

  • Near or above air vents
  • Near windows, doors, or other locations that receive direct sunlight
  • The kitchen
  • Hallways

Types of Thermostats to Consider

Programmable Thermostats

This system enables you to set various temperatures during the day and the night. That way, you can leave the system to automatically adjust the temperature to each desired setting while you’re away.

Smart Thermostats

This is an even more convenient system for those with a hectic schedule. Some features include detectors that sense your departure and lower the temperature accordingly. This enables ultimate energy conservation and efficiency. You can also control the system from your smartphone or tablet while you’re away from home.

What are the Benefits of Keeping My Thermostat at a Consistent Temperature?

  • Many people find it more comfortable to have the temperature at a steady level
  • Consistency tends to be far more convenient, especially for those who have a busy schedule and don’t have the time or the inclination to focus on the temperature settings during the winter
  • You may save up to ten percent on your energy bill each year

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