It is a question everyone ponders every year. Is there a perfect temperature to set your thermostat to during the winter? What temperature would help you both feel comfortable while also being energy efficient? Unfortunately, this is not such an easy question to answer.
The simplest answer to this question is to set it at a temperature that feels comfortable for your family. If you enjoy lounging in shorts inside, you will naturally need a warmer temperature than a family that enjoys flannel PJs. What is more important is what temperature you set your home at during certain times in the winter.
Typically, you can help save a lot on energy costs by turning your thermostat to a lower temperature when no one is home, or everyone is warm in bed at night. This is where a programmable thermostat can be of some benefit. Even if you enjoy a balmy 78 degrees in the winter while home, turning your thermostat down a few degrees when everyone is at work, school, or when everyone is sleeping can save you quite a bit without worrying about using extra energy having to warm the house up again.
Unfortunately, there is no magic number that you can set your thermostat to and forget about it. Every person is different, and they feel comfortable at different temperatures. However, you can take steps to lower your energy bills in other ways by lowering the temperature at the above-mentioned times, sealing any drafty windows and doors, and ensuring proper insulation.
If you are interested in programmable thermostats this winter or if you believe your furnace or air conditioner is not functioning as well as it should be, contact us today. Minnesota Heating & Air Conditioning can help you make sure your home feels comfortable in every season.