Reminder —adjust your thermostat for winter.
Did you adjust your thermostat for winter? If you own a programmable thermostat and you still haven’t adjusted it for the winter weather, consider this your reminder. Below we’ll show you the ideal way to set your thermostat for the winter heating season. Reprogramming your thermostat will help keep you more comfortable and maximize your energy savings.
Tips: how to adjust your thermostat for winter
- For the hours when you’re going to both in your home and awake, program your thermostat to maintain a temperature of 68 degrees. If you want it warmer, by all means raise the temperature, but understand you will increase your energy usage dramatically.
- For the hours when your are sleeping, set the temperature 7-10 degrees lower than when you are awake and in the house. This will not only help save you money, but it will go a long way in helping you sleep better. Research has shown a cooler room is more conducive to a better night’s sleep.
- Make sure to program a setback temperature for the hours you will not be in the home.
- Set your thermostat so that it begins to warm your home 30 minutes before you wake up in the morning and 30 minutes before you arrive home in the evening.
- Have your thermostat gradually lower the temperature in your home one hour before you go to bed.
- If you do not have a humidifier, consider the purchase of a stand alone unit or a whole home humidifier. Dry winter air can feel much colder than properly heated and humidified air and may force you to increase the temperature in your home to compensate.
The above are just guidelines to help you create a plan to adjust your thermostat for winter. Remember to do what is best by striking a balance between your family’s comfort and home heating budget.