The time has come to ready your home for that dreaded cold wind. Now, isn’t it as easy as adjusting the thermostat for maximum warmth? What’s the best temperature to maintain, anyhow? The ideal temperature for heating differs in each home. It would be easy to say that there is one perfect thermostat setting for all, but that’s not the case. There are financial and energy-consumption factors to consider, depending on your household’s priorities.
Generally, setting your temperature to 72° F (22° C) during the day is fair—not too warm and not too cold. But aiming even lower, say to about 69°-70° F, is both more cost and energy-efficient.
During the night or while the house is empty, 66° F (19° C) keeps it crisp, but not too chilly, and usually warrants a good night’s sleep.
If it’s important that you lower your energy costs, there are a number of ways you can save your money and maintain a comfortable temperature in your home:
- Set your thermostat at your ideal temperature, and then lower it by one degree each week. Lowering your temperate by just one degree and can reduce your heating bill by 1%. Because the change is so gradual, you will hardly notice the difference.
- Light a fire every once in a while to get rid of the humidity and give your thermostat a break.
- Lift all your blinds during the day to let the sun shine in.
- Keep your vents clear from any furniture. If they’re blocked, the heat won’t be able to circulate.
- Ensure all windows and floor cracks are sealed so no cold air can escape.
- If you’re hanging around in one room more than the other, close the door. It will keep the hot air in one cozy place.
- Add a rug to help trap the heat. According to the National Energy Foundation, wood floors that are not insulated can cause your home to lose 10% more heat.
- Dress warmly—doubling up on socks always does the trick.
For all your home heating service needs, contact City Gas Company today!