Keeping your home well-heated during the winter is a must. However, as the temperature drops outside, thoughts may arise in your mind of how much it is going to cost to keep your home and family warm and comfortable. If you are wondering what is the right thermostat setting for winter, we can help. With the right information, you can balance your finances and furnace this winter.
According to EnergyHub, you can save 3% for each degree you turn down your home’s thermostat, and these savings can be maximized by changing your heating setpoint throughout the day. Energy Star, an approved information source by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy, recommends the following heating schedule for your home:
- 70 degrees from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.
- 62 degrees from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- 70 degrees from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
- 62 degrees from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
This heating schedule works by taking advantage of the natural rise and fall of the temperature throughout the day and your family’s routine work and sleep schedules. When the outside temperature is warm in the middle of the day, this helps keep your home warm too. Additionally, this heating schedule can be adjusted to fit your family’s unique work and sleep routines.
Is This Heating Schedule Right for Me?
While changing your home’s temperature eight degrees throughout the day can seem drastic, your home’s insulation works in tandem with your heating schedule to keep the interior temperature at or near an ideal temperature.
Generally, your home should maintain a temperature of around 68 degrees. You should also keep an eye out for unusually low temperatures and ice storms to keep your family safe and plumbing systems in good working order as a variable heating schedule may not be appropriate during extreme weather. Local authorities will often provide recommendations for heating your home during severe weather events.
What if I Don’t Have the Technology to Keep This Schedule?
A variable heating schedule may be difficult to maintain if your thermostat and home heating system are outdated. Air Pro Mechanical can provide recommendations for repairs and replacements that you can make to your home heating system to help you save money this winter. Smart home technology can allow you to keep track of your home heating schedule via a smartphone app, so you can see exactly how your HVAC system is working. Many systems will manage themselves and offer tips to help you improve efficiency.