What temperature should your house be when you're awake and
68 degrees Fahrenheit is the generally accepted middle ground for winter
heating as it will keep your home close to the stereotypical room temperature
of 70 degrees. It isn't cold enough to make you want to stay curled up under a
blanket, but it's also not so warm that it's uncomfortable.
What about when you're asleep or out of the house?
Lowering your thermostat during winter can drastically cut your energy
spending. It is best to do this when you're asleep, because you can drop the
thermostat a few extra degrees without discomfort, and when no one's in the
house. If there are large stretches of time when nobody's home, set the
thermostat to drop. As long as the internal temperature stays above fifty or
fifty-five degrees Fahrenheit, the cold temperature isn't low enough to do
damage. Simply program your thermostat on a set schedule.
Should you turn it off completely?
Unless you're going to have a stretch of warm days, you should keep your
heating system on. Not only can letting your house's temperature drop damage
the pipes, the energy savings you gain through a few hours without heating will
be canceled out by the cost of reheating the whole house. As a general rule,
maintaining a relatively consistent temperature (especially if it doesn't
fluctuate frequently) is cheaper than cooling and heating cycles.
We encourage you to give us a call at Kent Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. with any questions or service needs you may have.