- During the day: Keep the heating system at 68 degrees while someone is home. That temperature provides warmth and promotes HVAC efficiency.
- When you’re away: Turn down the heat when leaving the house. Note: if leaving for an extended period of time, don’t completely turn off the heat. This could cause the water pipes to freeze and burst.
- During the night: Lower the thermostat to give the furnace or heat pump a break. Warm comforters and blankets reduce the need for heating.
Heat Your Home for Less: Thermostat Strategy
heating question has caused much roommate and marital discord. In an article called “Thermostats,” The U.S. Department of Energy suggests the following, “You can easily save energy in the winter by setting the thermostat to 68°F while you’re awake and setting it lower while you’re asleep or away from home. By turning your thermostat back 10° to 15° for 8 hours, you can save 5% to 15% a year on your heating bill — a savings of as much as 1% for each degree if the setback period is eight hours long.” Below is a breakdown of the above recommendations:Dayton, Ohio, often experiences cold, snow-filled winters. This makes the tension between having a warm house and avoiding high energy bills complicated. The previous post discussed the benefit of insulation. Today we’ll focus on where to set the thermostat. Where Should I Set My Thermostat? This age-old