Homeowners across the country ponder this question each year when temperatures start dropping and it's time to turn on the heat. Answering the question, however, is not as simple as citing one specific temperature, especially as financial and energy usage concerns differ from one family and home to the next.
But instead of focusing a perfect number, you will benefit from establishing an energy-efficient winter heating strategy that will keep your home warm and your thermostat settings reasonable so you won't face large energy bills. Here are a few tips.
Every home has its temperature preference, but setting the thermostat to that temperature and never changing it isn't helpful to your energy bills.
There is no perfect winter interior temperature for every home, and the savviest homeowners realize there is no perfect temperature for every moment in their homes. Times when your home is left empty – such as work hours or traveling periods – present ideal opportunities to lower the temperature and reduce expenses. However, many homeowners miss this opportunity because they find constantly programming their thermostats too time-consuming. Others simply forget.
Since you still want to reduce your winter energy expenses without feeling the cold, it pays to be creative.
Determining the perfect winter indoor temperature for your home is really a matter of supply and demand. You must measure your family's desired comfort against the price you're willing to pay for your winter heating bills.
Employing the strategies above can help you find that comfortable winter thermostat setting, one that doesn't depend completely on your furnace and its associated expenses.
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