Living in Brampton, you depend on your heating system to get through the winter. At the same time, nobody wants to be an energy hog or spend a fortune on heat.
There’s got to be a compromise that makes sense, a thermostat setting that keeps your home comfortable without wasting expensive energy. Realistically, what’s the ideal temperature for your thermostat in winter?
Ideal Temperature For Your Thermostat In Winter Varies
There is no magic number to keep your thermostat at 24/7. The “right” temperature varies according to whether you are home, awake, and active. It also depends on your other household members, so try a compromise that keeps everyone happy. And make sure your thermostat is always at the appropriate setting for the moment.
The Ideal Temperature For Your Thermostat In Winter Is Never Below 17°
Surprising but true: turning your furnace off when you’re out of the house is not recommended. It would take too much energy to bring your home temperature up to a comfortable level once you return. And an unheated home is dangerous for your plumbing pipes, not to mention your pets and your potted plants.
Instead, set your thermostat to 17-19° Celsius while you are away or asleep. This minimum setting will let you save energy — safely.
The Ideal Temperature When You’re Home Is 20-22°
When you’re home, and awake, set your thermostat between 20 and 22 degrees. Your house will stay comfortable without consuming an excessive amount of energy. (NOTE: We said “comfortable,” not “tropical.” Unless you’re working out, you might still need a sweater.)
A Programmable Thermostat Is A Great Tool
Ok, we’ve explained how a variety of temperatures will help achieve your goal of home comfort combined with energy efficiency. But how does it work? Do you have to constantly jump up and change the thermostat setting?
No, there’s a better way. A programmable thermostat will allow you to set the ideal temperature for each part of the day, in advance. And a smart thermostat is even more convenient – adjustable from anywhere, it “learns” your heating preferences. Either of these tools for managing energy use could save you 15-20% annually on your fuel bills.
More Simple Energy-Saving & Comfort-Increasing Tips
1. Check Your Insulation
Make sure that your home’s insulation is adequate and in good shape. Add insulation as necessary. This will prevent warm air from escaping outdoors.
2. Allow Heated Air To Circulate
While you don’t want cold breezes coming in from outside, you do want good indoor air circulation to warm up your rooms. Make sure that there’s nothing blocking your heating vents, such as drapes or large pieces of furniture.
3. Keep Relative Humidity At The Right Level
In winter, indoor relative humidity should be approximately 30-40%. Anything too far below or above this range can harm your health and damage your house. You may need a furnace humidifier or a whole-home dehumidifier to correct the level.
4. Have Your Furnace Tuned Up
Like any major appliance, your furnace works better if you take care of it. Scheduling an annual tuneup will improve its performance, increase its energy efficiency, and extend its life. Furnace maintenance can also nip potential problems in the bud, saving you money on pricey repairs. Some unexpected benefits may include detecting carbon monoxide or natural gas leaks, and fulfilling the conditions of your manufacturer’s warranty.
Heat Your Home The Smart Way
Talk to Dr. HVAC about your heating needs and energy-saving goals. We’re here to help with efficient, affordable furnace tuneup, repair, or replacement.