There probably aren’t many homes during the colder, winter months that don’t have some conflict arise about thermostat temperature settings. With more people working and learning from home, that can also mean different temperature preferences between family members. Viviano call help you decide what optimal temperature is the most comfortable while also saving you money.
What’s the ideal temperature for the home?
Energy.gov recommends an optimum temperature, not only for comfort but to also save homeowners money. The temperature recommended is 68 degrees during the winter months. It you want to save more money, setting your thermostat lower by 1 degree could save between 1-3% more on heating costs. If you don’t mind layering clothing this winter, you could also cut down on your energy bills, too.
How low can you go?
If you like the idea of even saving more money this winter, adjust the thermostat more at night. While sleeping and while out of the home, keeping the thermostat even at a lower setting can help save you money. For that reason, having a programmable thermostat makes your life (and energy savings) even easier. With a programmable thermostat, you can set your schedule for every day of the week to reflect bedtimes, work schedules, and more.
Thermostat consistency is key.
Believe it or not, being consistent with your home’s temperature can help you save as much as 10% annually on your HVAC expenses. If you haven’t set up a program on your thermostat or move its temperature up and down throughout the day to get comfortable, it can cost you more over the course of the season.
If you have questions about where to install your new programmable thermostat, or if you are unsure what a smart thermostat can do, call Viviano. Thermostat placement is important, too. For example, installing a thermostat by a window or in a hallway is not ideal.
Not seeing results? It may be time for a new furnace.
Older, inefficient furnaces may not be achieving the goal of whole-house comfort. If you set your thermostat accordingly yet still aren’t seeing positive results, it may be that your furnace isn’t working as well as it should be. How old is your HVAC system? Furnaces typically need to be replaced after 20 years, and the newer models are about 15% more efficient. Not only that, newer furnaces often offer multiple or variable heat settings, making your home more comfortable than ever before.
Want to learn more about purchasing a new furnace, smart thermostat, or maintaining your existing system? Give Viviano Heating and Air Conditioning a call at (618) 345-7498. You can also find us online at VivianoAir.com.