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The Best Way To Use A Thermostat In The Winter To Save Money

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Wintertime is upon us! California residents can celebrate knowing that it won’t be scorching hot every day for a couple of months now. But now the main question has to be asked… What temperature do I set for my air conditioner in the winter? 

What temperature to set air conditioner in winter

You spent all this time and money learning about the most efficient ways to save money with your HVAC system to cool down your home/attic during California’s recent heat waves. But now, you don’t need to have your AC blasting 24/7 to cool down your homes, you could technically just open your window.

But this article is for the majority of people who, instead of opening their windows and letting in the piercing cold of California winter (all the east coast people are rolling their eyes right now), want to use their HVAC system to its full potential and heat up their home to their heart’s content!

Read on to learn the best temperature to leave your thermostat on to keep your home warm and cozy while also saving heaps of money every month on your energy bills!

The Perfect Temperature

You’d be surprised how many people invest in a thermostat cage to take the power of the thermostat away from their partners. 

Are you one of the millions of couples who are constantly fighting with your partner over what temperature to keep on your thermostat to heat your home during the winter season?

What temperature to set air conditioner in winter

Well, you’re in luck. According to Energy Star, the perfect temperature to set your thermostat at during the winter season is 68 degrees Fahrenheit.

This perfect number will provide your home with the perfect balance of comfort and energy efficiency. When it comes to saving energy, the key is to lower your home’s temperature by about 10-12 degrees when you’re away or during the night time. 

Thermostat Placement is Critical

So, now you know the perfect temperature and may believe all your marital problems will be solved. But, I’m sorry to tell you that if you place your thermostat in the wrong place in your home it won’t matter how ideal the temperature is. 

The ideal place to install your thermostat would be an interior wall, preferably near the center of your home. 

You want to ensure you 100% avoid installing your thermostat near any air vent or below any heat-releasing technology. 

To give you a better idea of what to avoid, here’s a list of the top 5 worse places to have a thermostat: 

  1. Anywhere that direct sunlight hits 
  2. Kitchens 
  3. 6-12 inches near windows/doors
  4. 1-2 feet near air vents 
  5. Bathrooms

When tackling the perfect location for your thermostat you want to make sure you keep in mind which rooms people tend to group up in the most. 

These rooms are the ones you want to keep as comfortable as possible, but I wouldn’t put a thermostat in the busiest rooms just because people will be more tempted to mess with it. 

The Bottom Line

What temperature to set air conditioner in winter

Our goal is to make your life as simple and comfortable as possible. Not only does that include installing a brand-spanking new HVAC system, but it also includes educating you on how to get the most bang for your buck. 

Take advantage of the winter season, and if you need personalized assistance feel free to contact us at info@aerisair.com

If you’re just interested in doing a deeper dive into our resources, make sure to check out our multiple tutorials and guides!

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