You want to be comfortable in your home no matter the season, but for some, winter is particularly difficult. Children, the elderly, and those who are ill have a tendency to be less tolerant to cold. You want to run your furnace at a temperature that keeps everyone happy, but you can’t afford a utility bill that drives the household expenses through the roof. What’s the best energy-efficient furnace setting to keep your energy bill low? We here at Vredevoogd Heating & Cooling Lansing say between 60 and 70 degrees, but there’s more to it than that.
Winter Thermostat Settings
If you can tolerate it, bundle up and set your thermostat to 68 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. Ideally, the lower you can go, the more you’ll save. The U.S. Department of Energy reports that for every 10-to-15-degree reduction in thermostat temperature, you’ll realize a utility bill savings of anywhere from 5 to 10 percent. Set your daytime temperature at 68 degrees and then crawl under heavy blankets and reduce it even more at night. The lower you go, the more you save.
Be Safe, Though
Don’t go too low, however. A 5-to-10-percent saving is not worth everyone getting sick, especially if you do have little ones or an elderly person in your home. Another way to save energy during the winter is to ensure your home’s insulation is sound. You can also make certain your windows and doors don’t let cold air in. Your furnace will turn on less frequently if you can keep the hot air indoors, so don’t let it seep out.
If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, have one installed. This makes fluctuating the temperature in your home a breeze. For example, set it to turn on at 68 degrees about 10 minutes before you and your family wake up. Let it run at that temperature until everyone leaves for work and school. When the house is empty, have the thermostat automatically reduce the indoor temperature, only to turn it up again before everyone gets home. Once home, program the thermostat to lower the indoor heat after everyone is in bed.
This makes keeping your home warm while you save energy easy, but don’t forget the pets. Make certain they have access to warm bedding when the thermostat drops the indoor temperature, and then call Vredevoogd Heating & Cooling Lansing at 517-507-4174 in Lansing to schedule an appointment. We’ll come out and inspect your furnace, and then we’ll install a programmable thermostat to help you reduce your energy bills.