Whenever temperatures start dropping, most homeowners concern themselves with how to keep their loved ones warm and toasty during winter. In order to lessen your energy consumption and save on utility bills, the US Department of Energy highly recommends that you set your thermostat during winter at a temperature of 68°F.
You can even set it even lower if nobody’s home during daytime, or if you’re asleep at night. Once you get used to the colder weather, you can also lower the temperature by one degree each week.
Set Your Thermostat During Winter the Modern Way
Manually changing the settings of your thermostat can be more work than it’s worth. If you no longer want to go through the trouble, you might want to invest in a programmable thermostat. To get the most out of your energy-efficient HVAC equipment, you need to pair it with a programmable thermostat.
Most programmable thermostats can easily learn the habits of your household and will automatically adjust the temperature of your home. They can also override these automatic settings should the need arise.
Placement of the thermostat is also important. To achieve optimal performance, avoid placing it on the path of direct sunlight or air drafts. Make sure to place it in an area far away from any heating or cooling registers, appliances, doors, windows, skylights, and fireplaces.
Most importantly, don’t forget to schedule a service maintenance before the start of the heating season. You need to ensure your unit can withstand the demands of the household during winter.
Start Saving on Energy Today
Employing the strategies mentioned above will help you keep comfortable during the long cold months ahead. If you want professional help in setting up your thermostat, you can consult with an HVAC professional from Neal’s Heating & Air. Please give us a call at (706) 764-7185 for a detailed energy assessment of your home.