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If you live in Jacksonville, TX, you rely on an efficient heating system to get you through the winter. At the same time, no one wants to become an energy guzzler or spend a fortune on heating.

There has to be a logical compromise, a thermostat setting that keeps your home comfortable without wasting expensive energy. Specifically, what is the ideal temperature for your thermostat in winter?

Ideal Temperature For Your Thermostat In Winter Varies

There is no magic number for leaving your thermostat on 24/7. The “right” temperature varies depending on whether you are at home, awake and active. It also depends on the other members of your household, so try to find a compromise that satisfies everyone. And make sure your thermostat is still on the right setting at the moment.

The Ideal Temperature For Your Thermostat In Winter Is Never Below 17°

Surprising but true: It is not recommended to turn off the furnace when you are not at home. It would take too much energy to bring the temperature in your home back to a comfortable level when you return. And an unheated home is dangerous for your plumbing, not to mention your pets and potted plants.

Instead, set your thermostat to 17-19° Celsius when you're out and about or sleeping. With this minimum setting you can safely save energy.

The Ideal Temperature When You’re Home Is 20-22°

When you're home and awake, set your thermostat to a temperature between 20 and 22 degrees. Your home stays comfortable without using excessive energy. (NOTE: We said "cozy" not "tropical." Unless you're working out, you may still need a sweater.)

A Programmable Thermostat Is A Great Tool

Ok, we've explained how different temperatures help you achieve your goal of home comfort coupled with energy efficiency. But how does it work? Do you constantly have to jump and change the thermostat setting?

No, there is a better way. With a programmable thermostat you can set the ideal temperature in advance for every moment of the day. And a smart thermostat is even more practical: it can be controlled from anywhere and “learns” your heating preferences. Each of these energy management tools can save you 15-20% on your fuel costs per year.

More Simple Energy-Saving & Comfort-Increasing Tips

1. Check Your Insulation

Make sure your home's insulation is adequate and in good condition. Add insulation if necessary. This prevents hot air from escaping to the outside.

2. Allow Heated Air To Circulate

Even if you don't want a cold breeze from outside, you still want good air circulation indoors to warm your rooms. Make sure your heating vents are not blocked by curtains or large furniture.

3. Keep Relative Humidity At The Right Level

In winter, the relative humidity indoors should be around 30-40%. Anything below or above this range can harm your health and damage your home. You may need a furnace humidifier or whole house dehumidifier to correct the level.

4. Have Your Furnace Tuned Up

Like any large appliance, your furnace works better when you take care of it. Scheduling annual maintenance will improve your furnace's performance, increase its energy efficiency, and extend its lifespan. Furnace maintenance can also nip potential problems in the bud, saving you money on costly repairs. The unexpected benefits of optimizing your furnace may include detecting carbon monoxide or natural gas leaks and maintaining manufacturer warranty terms.

Heat Your Home The Smart Way

Speak to Bannister Plumbing & Air about your heating needs and your energy savings goals. We are here to help you with an efficient and cost-effective furnace tune-up, repair or replacement.

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