What temperature should I set my thermostat during Winter?

Now that the air is colder outside and you’ve switched from using the central air conditioner to the furnace, you might be looking for ways to save energy – and money – this winter. One significant technique is to set the thermostat properly so you don’t overwork your furnace and it consumes less energy.

Set the Thermostat for Energy Savings

If you don’t already have a programmable thermostat, consider installing one to enjoy maximum energy savings this winter without compromising comfort. Then, program your thermostat with these energy-saving temperatures:

  • In the morning and evening when people are at home, set the thermostat to 68 degrees. Wear warm clothing to stay comfortable. If you feel chilly, turn up the temperature one degree at a time. Cranking the temperature up too high at once only wastes money.
  • During the day when everyone’s at work or school, set the thermostat to 55 degrees. You’ll save energy by reducing how much you heat the vacant house. Don’t turn off the thermostat completely or you risk frozen plumbing pipes. Program a recovery temperature of 68 degrees to resume before the first person is due home each day.
  • At night when everyone’s asleep, set the thermostat to 65 degrees or lower. The greater the temperature setback, the more you save. Program a recovery temperature of 68 degrees to resume before your alarm clock goes off in the morning.

Change the Furnace Filter

Dirty furnace filters restrict airflow and make your furnace work harder, which increases energy use and makes your heating bills climb. Changing the furnace filter often saves you money on your energy bills and helps maintain the airflow you need to keep every room comfortable.

Run a Whole-House Humidifier

Cold air is naturally drier, which is why static shock, dry skin, and chapped lips are so prevalent this time of year. Running a humidifier is a great way to combat these symptoms and even helps you save money.

After all, humid air feels warmer because less moisture evaporates from your skin when the air is already saturated. This means, by running a whole-house humidifier, you can comfortably set the thermostat no higher than the ideal 68 degrees.

Seal Up Air Leaks

To help maintain the proper indoor temperature this winter, it’s important to seal air leaks that allow cold outdoor air to enter. Caulking and weather-stripping leaky windows and doors is an effective way to cut down on drafts, keeping your home more comfortable while spending less on heating bills.

Add Insulation

Like a thermos, insulation helps keep heat inside your home. Once you seal any attic floor penetrations, lay down a thick layer of insulation. This is the most cost-effective location to boost insulation in a finished home.


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