How to Adjust Your Thermostat Comfortably During Winter

A thermostat on the wall of a residential home.

Winter is a favorite time of year for many. Everyone is in the holiday spirit, families are looking forward to bundling up in their homes by the fireplace, and Christmas music is on repeat. However, winter is also a time where your heating bills can skyrocket due to the amount of energy being used in your home. It can often be difficult to find a temperature that keeps everyone in your home comfortable, especially if you have a larger household.

In this blog, we’ll be sharing some thermostat and general heating tips with you to try out and see if you can keep a smile on everyone’s face during winter. If you’ve been struggling with your home feeling too hot or too cold this season, keep on reading to find out how you can get rid of this issue.

Thermostat Setting During the Day

In general, it’s best to keep your thermostat set to 68 degrees Fahrenheit during the day while you’re at home. Let your heat kick in and see how you feel. If you think you can handle it, try lowering your thermostat by a degree or two once you’re used to it being set at 68 degrees. While lowering it a few degrees won’t actually feel like much of a difference in terms of temperature, you can save up to 3% on your heating bills for each degree you lower your thermostat. However, if everyone in your household can agree on 68 degrees being the preferred temperature, there’s no need to lower it and risk the potential thermostat war that might arise!

Pro tip: No matter what you do, don’t crank up your thermostat at the first chance you get just because you’re feeling extra cold one day! This won’t do anything except increase your heating bills and make your HVAC system overwork itself.

Thermostat Setting at Night

If you’re not already layering up the blankets on your bed at night during the winter, you’re doing it all wrong! Adding extra blankets to your bed during the winter is a free source of heat and will keep you cozy all night. It’s recommended to lower the temperature on your thermostat while you sleep by a few degrees to ensure a better night’s sleep and to avoid feeling too hot in the night. Again, you’ll be saving a few extra bucks overnight as well by lowering your thermostat to 65 degrees Fahrenheit.

Heading out of Town?

If you’re the type of person who likes to get away during the winter and go somewhere tropical or even head out to your family’s winter home on the lake, don’t turn your heater off! A common mistake homeowners make is thinking that turning off the heat completely will save them money. However, when it comes time to turn your heater back on, your house will probably be so cold that your heater will need to overwork itself to get to the desired temperature, which will definitely spike your heating bill and even cause a costly repair down the line with your HVAC system. If you’re heading out of town for the winter, keep your heater on at a suggested 65 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature will keep your home warm enough to avoid any frozen pipes and will keep your pets and the dog sitter happy!

Los Angeles Heater Repair

If you’ve followed the above tips and are still having trouble with your heater, A/C Control Inc is here to help. We always want to make sure our clients are comfortable in their homes, no matter what time of year it is. Give us a call at (310) 907-8277 or fill out our online contact form to speak with one of our team members today and discuss your heater repair options.