How to Set the Best Temperature for Your Furnace
It can be a struggle to keep your home warm during the winter months. You want to set a temperature that is comfortable for everyone. Still, you also want to ensure that your settings are as energy-efficient as possible. The reality is that most homeowners can get the best of both worlds with the thermostat settings that we're going to address below.
It All Starts With a Programmable Thermostat
Before you can take advantage of setting the ideal temperature for winter, you need a reliable programmable thermostat to manage and monitor your furnace. This device allows you to set different indoor temperatures depending on the day of the week and the time of the day, whether you are at home or away at work. It is extremely crucial to take advantage of both energy savings and ultimate home comfort during the cold winter months.
Settings When You're at Home
When you know your family will be home for the day, you'll want to set your thermostat to a comfortable temperature. The most common range of comfortable temperatures is between 68 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit. It's best to set your thermostat at 68 degrees and increase it from there each day until you find the most comfortable at-home temperature for your family.
Settings When You're Away From Home
When you leave your home, it's ideal to set the thermostat to a lower temperature. This will help keep your home relatively warm but won't waste unnecessary energy to keep your home overly warm when you're not there to enjoy it.
The ideal temperature to set your thermostat when you're going to be away is between 61 and 66 degrees Fahrenheit. It's also important to note that you want to ensure you give your furnace adequate time to bring your home back up to temperature before you return.
Settings When You Go to Sleep
It's a well-known fact that humans get a better sleep when the environment is colder. And, since most of us opt for sleeping under heavy covers during the winter months, turning down the temperature inside of your home is a great way to save yourself some money. The ideal sleeping temperature will be anywhere from 61 to 66 degrees Fahrenheit. This setting really depends on your personal preferences.
A Note on Smart Thermostats
While programmable thermostats are great for helping to keep your home comfortable while keeping your energy bills in check, smart thermostats may help even more. These newer thermostats can be convenient for learning your temperature habits. They can even suggest temperature settings based on your previous thermostat activity. The best part is that smart thermostats can be accessed anywhere your smartphone has internet connectivity.
Contact Us Today
If you're still dealing with an old dial thermostat, it's time to make an upgrade. Contact TDI Air Conditioning to learn about all the programmable and smart thermostat options available to you.