Now that summer is behind us and winter is just around the corner, most homeowners are already thinking about re-adjusting their thermostat settings for the new season. But what’s the best setting to achieve ideal home comfort?
Fall and Winter Settings
It varies from household to household; however, the United States Department of Energy recommends keeping your home at a brisk 68oF when the building is occupied. Right now, while temperatures are still relatively warm, that should be no problem for most people. If you get a little chilly, it’s best to reach for another layer of clothing rather than raising the thermostat. Too much temperature re-adjustment will force your heater to turn on and off, which lowers the system’s efficiency. It’s best to pick one temperature and stick to it!
When nobody is home or everyone is sleeping, the temperature can be set even lower to help conserve energy. Studies show temperatures between 60oF and 67oF are ideal for optimal sleep.
Keep in mind that no matter how much you enjoy a cold house, you should never lower the heat more than 55oF in the winter. Pennsylvania and New Jersey are known for having some brutally cold winters that, under the right conditions, can easily freeze plumbing pipes.
Consider Going Digital
Lowering your thermostat while you’re at work and the kids are at school is a great way to save money on monthly utility bills. But returning to a freezing cold house is not fun for anybody!
Instead of suffering silently while you wait for the house to warm up, consider investing in a digital thermostat instead. Digital thermostats are a somewhat newer innovation in the HVAC industry, but one that many homeowners have eagerly been taking advantage of.
There are three types of digital thermostats to choose from.
Each type of thermostat offers unique advantages based on their specific capabilities, so make sure you review them carefully to choose the perfect model for your home.
Schedule a Heating Tune-Up Today
Tinkering with your thermostat to make your HVAC system more efficient won’t do you any good without a proper heating tune-up from a professional comfort consultant. Annual inspections and services are an important part of keeping your system healthy and functional through the winter and extending its lifespan for as long as possible.
Hutchinson offers heating services, including emergency furnace repair and installation, for Pennsylvania and New Jersey residents and the surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment, contact us today!