It looks like winter is coming to the United States, with the COVID-19 pandemic still in full swing, so we will be spending more time indoors over the next few months. Although it may be tempting to turn up the thermostat in your home when it is cold outside, it can lead to high energy bills if you do this on a consistent basis for a whole season.
There are ways to set your thermostat for winter, so you can stay warm but still be able to pay your heating bills. Here are some things to keep in mind.
Winter thermostats that Save Energy
People are comfortable with different indoor temperatures for a variety of reasons. Some people prefer to keep it cooler and then get cozy in blankets and warm clothes. Some prefer to wear T-shirts and shorts all winter and make their home feel more tropical.
But if you're approaching it strictly in terms of keeping your heating costs low, Energy Saver, the U.S. Department of Energy's consumer resource on saving energy, has some recommendations--starting with setting your thermostat to around 68degF during the daytime in the winter, and a few degrees cooler at night, and when you're away from home.
If you find 68 degrees F to be a little too cold, it is because it is. Energy Saver says that the lower your energy bills will be the smaller the temperature difference between indoor and outdoor temperatures.
Winter heat loss is slower when the temperature inside is lower than outside. Your house will lose less heat if it is at a lower temperature than it would at a higher temperature.
Additional Winter Heating Tips that Save Money
These tips are not only for your thermostat. They also help to keep your heating costs low.
Replace furnace filters at least once per month or as directed by the manufacturer.
Make sure to keep heating registers, baseboard heaters, as well as radiators, clean.
You should ensure that radiators, heating registers, baseboard heaters and baseboard heaters aren’t blocked by carpeting, furniture, or drapes.
Your window treatments can be put to use by keeping your south-facing windows' curtains/drapes open during daylight (to let the sun in) and closing them at night to block out drafts.
If 68 degrees or lower is not your ideal temperature, it's winter, and you should bring out your thick sweaters, sweatpants and blankets.
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