Southern Californian homes use their heating systems less than other parts of the nation. An unfortunate side effect of this is that people are often unaware of the best way to run their heaters when the cold weather does arrive. It’s easy to run the heater too often and at the wrong temperature, resulting in large energy waste. In this post, we’ll look at how best to set your thermostat during the cooler weather so that you’ll enjoy comfort without an unnecessary energy drain that will raise your bills too high.
First, do you have the best thermostat possible?
Before we get to how to set your thermostat, we want to check that you have the right unit for the job. If you still use an old manual thermostat with sliders and dials, you’re missing out on significant energy savings. Arrange to have this older type of thermostat replaced with a digital programmable model or a “smart” thermostat that will do most of the energy conservation work for you.
The ideal comfort setting
The U.S. Department of Energy advises a temperature of 68°F when you’re awake. This temperature is enough to keep most people comfortable. In some cases, you may want to raise it as high as 72°F. But don’t raise it much higher: this will only make the heater run longer, not provide you with heat any faster.
When you’re asleep or away from home, set the thermostat back by 10°–15° for an 8-hour period. This will result in a 5%–15% reduction in your heating costs over the season. Milder climates like those in Southern California will experience larger savings from this temperature setback. This is also where you’ll benefit the most from a programmable or smart thermostat, since you can automate the temperature setback to work even when you aren’t home or awake to change it.
If you need help with home heating this winter, or you want a new thermostat installed, call JW Heating and Air. We service Walnut, CA and throughout the Greater Los Angeles Area