As it gets colder in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, you’ll need to make some adjustments to your thermostat’s schedule. During the winter months, it’s tempting to set a high temperature to keep your home comfortable, but this can lead to substantially higher bills. Instead of cranking up the heat, check out this guide to setting your thermostat for comfort and energy savings.

Benefits of the Right Setting

If you can stand to lower the indoor temperature during the winter months, you can save a bundle on monthly bills. According to reports from the Department of Energy, your bills can be reduced by up to five percent for each degree lower you set the thermostat between 60 and 70 degrees.

You can also use other methods to stay warm if you’re feeling chilly. Build a fire in your fireplace, use a space heater to heat up a specific room of the home, or take the opportunity to cuddle up with a special someone underneath a blanket. You’ll appreciate the savings when the bill comes in the mail.

Ideal Winter Setting

For most people, a thermostat setting of 68 degrees provides a comfortable indoor atmosphere during the cold winter months. When you go to bed at night, program your thermostat to drop by 6-10 degrees. It’s easier to fall asleep in a cooler room and you can always add another blanket to your bed if you’re cold. When you’re away from home, allow the heating system’s temperature to drop as low as 58 degrees. You don’t want it to go much lower as you run into the risk of frozen pipes and other issues.

Smart Thermostat

If you don’t want to be bothered with remembering to change your thermostat’s settings, consider investing in a smart unit that can learn your habits. Many smart thermostats can track the outdoor temperature and automatically adjust it to keep your home warm and comfortable.

If you have questions about your home’s HVAC system or thermostat, contact our team at Custom Mechanical by calling 877-696-0808.

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