As the cooler temperatures start creeping in, you’ll likely be turning on the heat soon. You also probably already know that the temperature you set your thermostat to can have a major effect on your wallet. You might remember we shared something a little while back where we talked about the best temperatures to set your Air Conditioning, and today we’re going to share a few similar tips for your furnace.
Get yourself a programmable thermostat
The most efficient way to manage the temperature of your home in both cooler and warmer weather is with a digital & programmable thermostat. They give you more control, allowing you to drop or raise the temperature a degree at the time.
You also have the option to set different temperatures for different times of day so your home will automatically adjust even when you’re away from home or asleep.
Drop the temperature
When it comes to energy savings, setting your thermostat in the 60ºF to 70ºF range should help lower your bill. Although you’ll see bigger savings in areas with milder climates, you could potentially save anywhere between 1% and 3% on your bill for every degree you lower your thermostat. The key is making adjustments depending on whether you’re awake, asleep, or just out of the room or away from home.
Energy.gov recommends setting your thermostat to 68ºF when you’re at home and awake. For most, 68ºF is the lowest temperature where you won’t really feel a noticeable chill or experience discomfort.
You might have to play around with this until you find the lowest temperature you or your family is comfortable with. The best way to do this is to drop the temperature a degree at a time and see how you feel rather than trying big drops.
Once you’ve found the sweet spot, it’s easier to make adjustments for when you are asleep or away. When you know you’ll be away from home, set the temperature 7 or 8 degrees lower. So if your normal temperature is 68ºF, drop it down to around 60ºF.
You’ll also want to cool things down when you’re asleep, although not as severely. It’s recommended to lower your thermostat 5 degrees when it’s time for bed, so aim for 63ºF. You might even like it cooler than that, so this may take a little trial and error as well. If you do like it cooler, try setting your thermostat to drop an hour before you go to bed and to warm back up an hour before you normally wake up.
Have your furnace & ducts inspected – This is something you should have done every year before you start using your furnace, so usually in early fall. This will help to make sure everything is working safely and efficiently
Clean your registers – This can usually be done with a vacuum attachment and will ensure that the heat is flowing freely into your home
Do a walk through – Some rooms in your home may get warmer than others so try walking through your home to find the hot/cold spots and adjust your thermostat accordingly
Switch your ceiling fans – It may seem strange to leave your fans on with the furnace going, but running your ceiling fans clock-wise helps to push down the warm air that’s trying to rise up to the ceiling
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Written by: Sarah Walker