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The Right Thermostat Setting for Heating Efficiency

It’s one of the great debates of many households: which temperature should you set the thermostat to when it’s cold out? It’s difficult to say, since each person may have a different preference, but we do have a few recommendations for better energy and fuel efficiency. If you want to save money on heating costs this year, talk to your family about implementing these changes.

Our recommendations

The U.S. Department of Energy recommends that you don’t keep the thermostat settings above about 68°F when you are home and awake. You may be surprised to find that this is a setting that is quite tolerable, and most people in the home will be comfortable.

When you leave the home, or when you go to bed, lower the temperature by about 5-10° of your preferred setting. Otherwise, we recommend against resetting the thermostat very often, since this can cause excessive wear and tear to the heating system

Every family is different

We think it’s important to talk about these kinds of things with the people in your household.

  • Inform everyone that you want to make a change and keep the thermostat at a consistent temperature, so that you all have money left over to do something fun instead!
  • If your family cannot agree on keeping the temperature at 68°F, find the coolest temperature that is comfortable for everyone.
  • Educate the whole family about how to use the thermostat, and consider upgrading your thermostat if it’s difficult to use.

Struggling to manage your thermostat settings day after day?

It may be time to invest in a modern Wi-Fi thermostat. This way, you can monitor the temperature throughout the day and see that you are using it as efficiently as possible. You can even make changes to the temperature in your home, even while you are at work or on a trip across the country.

Contact the friendly people at Bartels Heating & Cooling for heating services in Fairfield, OH.

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