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What Temperature Should I Set My Thermostat in Winter?

When the winter months roll around, you can count on winter conditions like snow, low temperatures, and high winds. To combat these uncomfortable conditions, you’ll likely seek shelter indoors. However, when you turn on the heat, how can you be sure that you’re staying safe and comfortable, while also not spending a fortune on your heating costs?

In the latest blog from Star Heating & Cooling, we’ll discuss the ideal thermostat temperature settings during the winter months, as well as how to save on energy costs and how to ensure that your home has the best thermostat for the job.

Ideal Winter Thermostat Settings

Depending on the specific comfort needs of your home, the ideal temperature for winter might be different for each home. While some homeowners are completely comfortable at 65°F, others aren’t comfortable until the thermostat is set at 72°F. 

Typically, you should set your thermostat to the lowest temperature that you and your family are comfortable with. Many times, that temperature usually falls between 68-70°F. Setting your thermostat to a temperature within that range will ensure that your family still stays warm and comfortable inside, while also keeping you away from expensive heating bills.

How to Save on Energy Costs in the Winter

The best way to save money on your energy bills is to give your system a tune-up prior to the beginning of the heating season. Maintenance will ensure that your heating system is working exactly as it should and running at peak efficiency. Additionally, any issues that could potentially cause a complete system breakdown will be caught and repaired before further damage is done.

Aside from system maintenance, ensure that your system cycles as it should. A typical furnace and heat pump cycle will run for about 10-15 minutes. The higher the temperature that you’ve set on your thermostat, however, the longer that your unit will need to run in order to reach and maintain the set temperature. If you’re noticing that your heating unit is short cycling, be sure to contact a professional for repairs as soon as possible.

Does Your Home Have the Right Thermostat?

If your home is still utilizing a manual thermostat, you may be able to benefit from switching to a programmable or smart thermostat. Either product will give you the option to modify the set thermostat temperature for different times throughout the day. With a programmable thermostat, for example, you can program your thermostat to turn off when nobody is in your home, and then turn back on just before you arrive back at home.

With smart thermostats, you can even change the temperature from your smartphone. Both smart programmable thermostats give your home more options and flexibility when it comes to keeping your home safe and comfortable all year round.

Contact Star Heating & Cooling for Thermostat Services

Whether you have a malfunctioning thermostat that is in need of repairs, or you’re ready to make the switch to a programmable or smart thermostat, Star Heating & Cooling can help. Our technicians are backed by years of experience and can help you find and install the best thermostat for your home. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment for service.