What Temperature Should I Set My Thermostat to in the Winter to Save Money?

December 30, 2021

It’s a constant battle. You want to keep your interior at a consistent comfort level, but the fluctuating temperatures outside make this extremely challenging.

There’s good news: Experts have discovered the ideal temperature to set your thermostat to in the winter. This will help keep your surroundings comfortable and help you save money on AC service.

Here’s what you need to know.

The magic number is…

68°F. This temperature provides a good balance of energy efficiency and comfort level. This is an ideal temperature setting for your thermostat, especially while you are away or sleeping—but there is more to the magic than a simple number setting.

The secret is…

The important thing to keep in mind is consistency. When you constantly raise or lower the temperature throughout the day and night, your energy efficiency suffers. Your system has to work harder to achieve the new temperature each time you change it. This can create a need for more frequent AC tune-ups and repairs. It also increases your utility bill.

X marks the spot

Another secret is to place your thermostat in the right spot. To achieve consistency and lower utility and repair bills, the thermostat must be installed in the optimal location in the property. The best place for your thermostat is an interior wall near the center of the house. Avoid areas with direct sunlight and locations above air vents. Do not install the thermostat in a kitchen or hallway or near a door or window.

If you’re not sure where would be the best location for your thermostat, consult with an HVAC expert. This technician can review the layout of your home and determine the best spot for your thermostat as well as complete the installation for you.

The right thermostat makes all the difference

Of course, you can install a thermostat in the ideal location and still not reap all the benefits of comfort and energy savings. Another key is to choose the right thermostat. If you are willing to upgrade your thermostat to a programmable model or a smart thermostat, you will achieve the greatest energy savings.

With this style of thermostat, you never have to worry about forgetting to change the temperature before you leave or before going to bed. You can easily program the thermostat in advance or access it from a mobile device to change the temperature from anywhere, anytime.

Don’t forget your AC service

Before you set your thermostat for the season and let it run, be sure to schedule your AC tune-up. Regular AC service is essential for energy savings and optimal HVAC performance. Partner with professionals to keep your systems running smoothly year-round.

Learn more

Want more tips about AC service and energy savings? Contact the professionals at Kenny’s Air Conditioning & Heating Services, Inc. Family-owned and -operated, we’ve been serving satisfied customers since 1993. We are here to help you stay comfortable in every season, with improved reliability and efficiency. Reach us today at 813-875-3669 with any questions or to schedule your next AC tune-up.

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