As the weather cools off, the focus changes from running your air conditioning to keeping your home warm over the cooler evenings. It may not turn as bitterly cold here in Southern California as it does elsewhere in the country, but heating can still take its toll on your finances and HVAC system. Here are a few tips for how to set your home’s temperature this winter.
The Standard Recommendation
The commonly recommended setting over the winter is 68 degrees Fahrenheit, which comes from the Department of Energy. While this is a good starting point, it fails to consider individual situations involving infants, the elderly and specialty pets. You may need to keep a warmer temperature for these occupants of your home, but you could average the 68-degree recommendation.
How to Achieve Higher Temperatures and Still Save
It’s possible to set your household temperature a little higher while you’re home but still average 68 degrees. The DOE suggests that you can help control your utility expenses by lowering your temperature by 7 to 10 degrees for about eight hours a day.
Consider dropping your temperature to between 60 and 62 degrees while your home is empty during the daytime. You can also drop the temperature a little while everyone’s in bed; between 66 and 68 degrees is generally comfortable.
Using your thermostat’s programs, you can automatically control these settings so that the house is warm when everyone gets up or comes home. This can help average out your home’s temperature to the recommended 68 degrees. It also keeps your home safe and provides more comfort while you’re there.
Getting More Comfortable With Ceiling Fans
Another problem with heating is that a lot of your heat rises to your ceiling where you can’t feel it. Use your ceiling fans to bring it back down so that even at 68 degrees it feels warmer. Just be sure to use the low setting and check that the fan is rotating counterclockwise, which is the winter setting.
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