The Best Winter Temperature For Comfort & Energy Savings
Each winter we must face the same inevitable battle for control over the thermostat. What temperature will satisfy everybody without breaking the bank? If you and your family have had trouble coming to a consensus, Hyde’s AC & Heating has a few helpful hints that just might result in a permanent truce!
68 Is the Magic Number
Energy Star reports that the ideal temperature to maintain both your comfort and budget is 68 °F during the day. However, lowering the temperature by about 10 degrees °F for approximately eight hours through the night can save you as much as 10% a year on your overall heating and cooling costs.
Set It & Leave It
Constantly fiddling with your thermostat throughout the day to accommodate for outdoor temperature changes seems like a logical idea, but doing this can actually cost you more down the road, as your HVAC unit will have to expend more energy keeping up with all of your temperature changes. It’s better to pick one comfortable temperature and stick with it.
There is an exception to this rule, however. Many people choose to adjust the thermostat at night so that their home is cooler while they sleep; this can save money and energy as the lower temperature means your unit will have fewer running cycles overnight and consume less energy.
Consider An Upgrade
Programmable thermostats are a great way to keep the temperature in your home consistent, and can even track your energy use throughout the year! These handy gadgets are capable of adjusting the temperature based on your unique schedule, so you won’t waste any energy heating your home while everyone is out for the day. Additionally, programmable thermostats allow for remote access, meaning that even if you didn’t shut your system off before leaving for a stress-free winter getaway, you can still do so simply by connecting to your unit via your smartphone.
Location, Location, Location
Many variables can impact how warm or cool your home is, regardless of what temperature you set your thermostat to. For example, skylights, drafty windows and even furniture can impede your system from functioning as it should. Make sure to install your thermostat in an area of your home in which air circulates naturally, so it gets the best reading of the actual temperature in your home. A few places to avoid placing your thermostat include:
- Areas that are exposed to direct sunlight.
- Near doors and windows.
- Your kitchen.
- Above your air vents.
Keep your family comfortable all season long! If you’re interested in more money and energy-saving tips regarding your thermostat, feel free to give Hyde’s a call at (760) 360-2202. We would be more than happy to help in any way we can!