What Thermostat Temperature is Best for the Winter?

December 15, 2019

People want to be comfortable in their homes while not spending too much on heating costs. Most people have been conditioned to believe that the ideal temperature for their home in the winter is 72 degrees. However, it is often the case that reducing the thermostat temperature to 68 will let you be just as comfortable while saving a lot of money on your heating bill.

The Benefits of Heating Your Home to 68 Degrees

For every degree you reduce the heat in your home, you will save between one to three percent on the cost of heat. One way to reduce it from 72 degrees is to set it to 70 degrees and see if everyone is still comfortable. Assuming they are, wait a week or two and then reduce it to 68 degrees.

You should reduce the heat when people are away from home or asleep. A good target is reducing the thermostat temperature to 62 degrees in both of these cases. This will go a long way toward lowering your heating costs.

Thermostat Options for Heating Your Home

If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, you should go buy one. You can set a schedule for these to automatically heat your home to desired temperatures. You can set a lower temperature for when everyone leaves for work or school in the morning. You then have the thermostat set for a higher temperature a little while before people start arriving at home. An even better option is a smart thermostat. These will figure out your schedule and automatically change the temperature depending on when you’re active in the home, you’re away or you have gone to bed. A smart thermostat will result in markedly lowering your heating bill, thereby paying for itself.

Home Heating Help From Experts

Brennan Heating & Air Conditioning is a Lynnwood, Washington-based firm that provides service throughout the greater Puget Sound area. We have provided heating and cooling equipment and services for over 30 years, including emergency service and routine maintenance. Please contact us today with any questions.

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