Chilly winter weather demands wearing warm layers of clothing and sitting inside and staying cozy. Thermostats are slowly starting to replace traditional gas heaters. Thermostats are not only safer but are also more energy efficient. There are electric-based and gas-based thermostats.
With winter now here, you will be using your thermostat more than ever making you worry about the rise in your utility bills at the end of the month. Relying only on buying an energy-efficient thermostat is not enough. You should look for some energy-efficient ways to better use your thermostat too.
Cutting back on your usage habits, timings, and climatic conditions and help you save.
Adjust Degrees According to Your Climatic Conditions
You don’t need to keep your thermostat on for no reason. Shift your thermostat to a few degrees lower if the weather is not very cold. Lowering your thermostat seven to ten degrees can make a significant impact on your bills.
You can also choose warmer clothing if it is possible for you to avoid the thermostat. Turn your thermostat on only when you think you need to.
Adjust Degrees According to Your Preferences
Decide when you will need your thermostat the most. Most of the time you will only need to turn your thermostat on during the evening. During the day, you can let natural sunlight come in, and warm the inside of your home. Decide according to you and your family’s preferences. Lowering the temperature seven or ten degrees can reduce the cost of your bills. Turn off your thermostat when you are away or at night. Your room can become too warm during the night if you leave your thermostat on. This can create suffocation and can be dangerous. Therefore, turn your thermostat off before going to sleep.
Avoid Using Exhaust Fans
Exhaust fans refresh the air inside. They pull the air inside and bring in the fresh air from outside. Using your exhaust fans during the winter can cause your home to become chilly.
Avoid using all types of exhaust fans that pull the warm air from your room. This will save you money on unnecessary exhaust fans.
You May Need To Upgrade Your Thermostat
Old thermostats can cost you more. They don’t have the energy-efficient technology that can help you save on your bills. Manually programming your heating can be time-consuming and costly. Therefore, upgrading to a better thermostat with the latest technology might help you.
Some of the thermostats you can upgrade to include:
You can program your thermostat and assign a preset temperature for each day of the week according to your needs. You can set a temperature for each time of the day, so you won’t have to get up to set it each time. This can save you effort and money, in case you forget to manually set it.
Smart Thermostats utilize smart technology. They monitor your daily patterns of temperature settings and store them in their memory. Then, they will automatically adjust the temperature according to that.
Many smart thermostats have the feature of remotely managing temperature. If you have a smartphone and an internet connection, you can remotely monitor and make adjustments as you need.
Know the Best Temperature Setting for Winter
Knowing the ideal temperature level to set your thermostat at during winter is crucial to keep your thermostat usage under check. An ideal temperature during winter is 68°F or 20°C. This is suitable when you are at home and awake. If you are going to sleep, we recommend you turn off your thermostat if you need to save money.
However, lowering the temperature of your thermostat seven to ten degrees can also reduce the cost. Therefore, keep your thermostat off when you can and keep it at a lower temperature whenever you need it.
We hope that the above tips will help you gain control over your bills this winter. If you ever require any assistance with your thermostat contact a heating and air company such as Nor-Can Heating and Air to help with such needs.