Winter 2018 hasn’t officially arrived in Southern California yet but it’s likely that you will already have used your heater because it’s not uncommon for temperatures to dip into the 40’s at night.
One of the biggest questions that you may have during this time of year is what you should set your heat or thermostat to during the winter because you want to keep your home at an optimal temperature while not spending a ton of money on energy costs.
In this article, we will answer this question and provide you with tips on how to set your heat properly for the winter.
What To Set The Temperature In Your Home At During The Day
Setting the thermostat too high when it is cold outside is literally the same thing as burning money because not only are you wearing down your heater, you’re going to be running it at times when it doesn’t need to be running.
Fact: The warmer your home is the faster thermal energy will be lost to the outside. The lower the temperature is inside of the home, the slower the rate of thermal energy loss.
How to Achieve Optimal Comfort: It is recommended for homeowners to set their thermostats between 68 to 72 degrees while there are people inside of the home. 68 to 72 degrees is a temperature range that is not too warm or cool and is sufficient enough to warm up the home just enough so that everyone is comfortable regardless of the type of clothing they have on.
What To Set The Temperature At Night And When You’re Away
When the house is empty for an extended amount of time and at night, it is a good idea to lower the temperature to 58 to 62 degrees. When everyone is asleep and less active, there is no need for the heating and cooling system to waste energy when it is not needed as much. That temperature setting is also enough to keep the pipes in the home from freezing when the temperatures outside drop and no one is home.
Invest In Energy Efficient Appliances
Older furnaces and heat pumps take longer to heat up the inside of a home. This can cause the home to feel colder than it really is since the appliance is taking more time to heat things up. In order to improve how fast the furnace responds and to maintain the warm atmosphere inside of the home, it is a good idea to replace all older appliances including the furnace with energy-saving appliances.
Get Your Heater Tuned Up Before Christmas!
Are you planning a Christmas party or family event in the coming weeks? If so, let Air Care Heating & Air Conditioning tune-up your heater just in time for your family event!