As the crisp, chilly days of winter approach, maintaining a comfortable and energy-efficient indoor environment becomes a top priority. Your thermostat is your best ally in this endeavor, but do you know the ideal thermostat settings for winter? George's Heating and Cooling is here to provide you with the information you need to strike the perfect balance between warmth and energy savings.

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Setting the Base Temperature

The first and most crucial step in setting your thermostat for winter is establishing a base temperature, also known as your comfort temperature. Typically, this is the temperature at which you feel most comfortable while being energy-efficient. The ideal comfort temperature during winter is generally recommended to be around 68°F (20°C). However, personal preferences and home insulation play a significant role in determining this temperature. Some may prefer a slightly cooler indoor environment, while others might feel cozier at a slightly higher temperature.

Program Your Thermostat

To make the most of your heating system and maintain an ideal temperature in winter, consider investing in a programmable thermostat. This allows you to set different temperatures for various times of the day, which can lead to significant energy savings. For example, you can lower the temperature when you're asleep or away from home and raise it when you're awake and present.

A common schedule might look like this:

  • Morning (when you wake up): 68°F (20°C)
  • Daytime (when you're active): 70°F (21°C)
  • Evening (relaxing at home): 68°F (20°C)
  • Night (while sleeping): 65°F (18°C)

Take Advantage of Natural Heat

Use natural sources of heat to your advantage. During the day, open your curtains and blinds to let the sunlight in. Sunlight can naturally warm your home, reducing the need for your heating system. At night, close curtains and blinds to keep the heat inside.

Regular Maintenance

Ensure that your heating system is well-maintained. A well-functioning furnace or heat pump operates more efficiently, which means you can maintain comfort at lower thermostat settings. Schedule regular maintenance checks to keep your system in peak condition.

Need help with your heating and cooling systems? George's Heating and Cooling is here for you! We offer a wide range of services, from repairs and maintenance to installation and replacement. We proudly serve the Manchester, NH area, and we're committed to providing our customers with the best possible service. To learn more or request an estimate, please give us a call at 603-657-5863, or reach out to us through our secure contact form. We look forward to hearing from you!