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The Best Thermostat Settings for Winter

by VitalStorm Content on January 17, 2019

Our winter weather in Mountlake Terrace, WA definitely requires plenty of layers and hot cocoa. It might be tempting to crank up the heat as high as possible on cold days, but doing this can get expensive pretty fast.

It is possible to heat your home to a comfortable temperature efficiently and affordably. The trick is to know how to use your thermostat. Here are the best thermostat settings for winter from our team of HVAC professionals at Blue Flame.

Ideal Temperatures for Winter

It is important to remember that every house is different, and there is no universal ideal temperature for every indoor space. We recommend a temperature range of 68-72 degrees while anyone in your family is at home, and a range of 62-66 degrees while the house is empty.

If you establish a strategy to keep your thermostat settings energy efficient, you won’t have to worry if your indoor temperature is on the higher end.

Saving Energy with Your Thermostat

Here are a few tips for using your thermostat to save energy in the long term:

  • Acclimate to lower temperature settings slowly. Set your thermostat to the highest desired temperature at the start of winter. Lower the temperature by one degree each week until you reach your desired number for optimal savings. This allows your body to adjust to gradual change.
  • Remember to lower the temperature every time the house is empty. If your furnace is heating an empty home all day long, you are wasting money. Set a reminder on your phone to turn down the heat right before you leave the house. If you have a programmable thermostat, simply enter the desired settings for the times when you know the house will be empty.
  • Don’t adjust the temperature constantly throughout the day. Your HVAC system actually uses the most energy when it adjusts to new temperature settings to make sure all of the air in your house is at an equilibrium. If it has to go through this process several times in one day, that will consume more energy than if it runs at a slightly higher temperature consistently.

Advantages of Smart Thermostats

If you have an old-fashioned thermostat, it can be annoying to remember to adjust your settings each time you leave your house. Here are some of the biggest benefits to investing in a smart thermostat:

  • You can program your settings according to your schedule one time instead of every day.
  • You can easily switch your thermostat into “vacation mode” when you go out of town. This will ensure your home’s humidity levels are optimal while saving you energy.
  • Your thermostat can sync to your smart phone and learn your behavior patters. Then it can adjust your home temperature for you based on ideal energy savings and home comfort.
  • You can control your thermostat remotely using your smart phone.

For more information about smart thermostats, check this out.

Now you know the best thermostat settings for winter.

At Blue Flame, we believe in helping our customers save money and reduce their energy consumption. If you stick to these thermostat tips and tricks, you can lower your utility bills while you stay cozy and warm.

At Blue Flame, we are committed to an exceptional and eco-friendly experience every time you use our heating, air conditioning, and electrical services. Call us at (206) 388-5667 and speak to a member of our team.