Is There an Optimal Temperature for Your Furnace in Winter?

Is There an Optimal Temperature for Your Furnace in Winter?

Wintertime is the time of year when many homeowners want to crank the temperatures up to stay warm. While this may seem like a good idea, it’s not necessarily the best approach. Constantly setting the thermostat to a high temperature during the wintertime will cause a big spike in energy bills. Save money and keep your HVAC system from working too hard, and set your thermostat to this optimal temperature:

Day Time Temperature:

Setting the thermostat too high when it is cold outside is a surefire way to waste money. The warmer your home is, the faster thermal energy will be lost to the outside. The lower the temperature is inside of the home, the slower the rate of thermal energy loss. Setting your thermostat between 68 to 72 degrees, will help you achieve optimal comfort while there are people inside of the home. This ideal temperature range is sufficient enough to warm up the home and keep everyone comfortable, without putting a strain on your unit and raising your bills.

Night Time and Away Temperature:

Lowering the temperature is recommended at night or for when the house is going to be empty for an extended amount of time. Setting your thermostat between 58 and 62 degrees, will keep your home comfortable. When everyone is sleep and less active, there is no need for the heating and cooling system to waste energy when it is not needed as much. This ideal temperature will also keep your pipes from freezing when the outside air drops and no one is home.

Keeping your thermostat at these optimal temperatures will ensure that your furnace works to it’s maximum efficiency, without putting a stress on your system. For a full maintenance check or to handle any issues you’re having, give Wahl a call! We’re here to answer all of your heating questions, or to perform maintenance on your system. To schedule an appointment, give us a call at (412) 265-2662 ​or visit our website to learn more about the services we offer.