What is The Perfect Home Temperature For The Winter?
Have you ever taken a winter vacation to someplace where it snows? One of the prettiest sights to see is the changing of seasons in the northern parts of the country. While we may not get snow here in San Diego, we do experience those cooler temperatures that blow in when the sun goes down each night.
While you may be tempted to crank up the temperature in your home during those chilly winter nights, doing so may raise your energy bill substantially. So what is the perfect temperature to set your heating system, when you’re looking to be comfortable without driving up your monthly bill? Keep reading to find out!
Deciding on a Temperature
One thing you should always keep in mind when it comes to heating your home is that the higher the temperature inside, the faster that thermal energy will transfer to the outside air. What does that mean?
It means that the warmer the air is inside your home, the more it will want to get out to the cooler night air, so you’ll lose more heat by raising the temperature than you would by keeping your indoor temperature slightly lower.
Anywhere between 68 and 72 degrees is a good temperature for daytime, and 58 to 62 degrees for night time is optimal for winter temperatures.
What Kind of Thermostat do You Have?
There is a myriad of different kinds of thermostats available today, ranging from the simplest manual thermostats to the most high-tech. All serve the same function to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home, but they operate in different ways.
A manual or mechanical, thermostats communicate with your HVAC unit only when you switch it over to a desired temperature. It will continue to communicate the same thing until you manually change the temperature — a non-programmable digital thermostat functions in much the same way, only with a digital readout that is easier to see.
Programmable thermostats are the more high-end ones on the market. They allow you to set the desired temperature that your thermostat will maintain. Some thermostats can be programmed so that the temperature is the same seven days a week, while others allow you to program different temperatures for each of the week, or even for each hour of the day.
How Your Home’s Temperature Affects Your Electric Bill
As we mentioned previously, running your heater all day and night at full force can significantly drive up your energy bill. We also discussed how higher indoor temperatures could create more thermal energy loss, which equates to throwing money out your window.
Keeping your home at a comfortable temperature while maintaining a manageable electric bill can be a bit of a balancing act. One tip for lowering your heating bill in the winter is to turn down your thermostat by ten degrees before you leave your house and when you go to bed. If you have a programmable thermostat, you can program it to do this automatically.
We’d love to hear more heating tips for the winter! Be sure to leave your best suggestions in the comments! For any home heating advice or service you need, call Perry Plumbing in San Diego at (619) 472-2112. We’re happy to help keep your home the perfect temperature this winter!