Winter Thermostat Settings & 5 Tips to Keep Warm

Dec 23, 2017Blog, Heating, Home Energy

Winters in the Golden State are usually cool to mild in most parts. The sun still shines brightly that you would think it’s still summer except for the chill in the air, especially in the late afternoons. Most locals find winter weather rather quite delightful even with the occasional rains.

Although the change in temperature is rather mild, Californians still implement various methods of staying warm. Sweaters and Uggs come out and become the daily fashion. Hot spiced teas become daily treats. And, households make adjustments to their HVAC system to provide comfort for the family throughout the season.

And speaking of adjustments to the HVAC system, the ideal thermostat settings for the winter, according to the US Department of Energy, are 68 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and lower than that at night. It’s important to note that these winter thermostat settings do not only create a comfortable interior climate for homes, but they also allow households to reduce energy costs despite the increased reliance on heating equipment.

Manage Your Winter Thermostat Settings Easily

If you don’t want to manually make thermostat adjustments every day, you may want to consider purchasing a programmable thermostat. This is an investment that can bring you great convenience in creating the most comfortable interior environment at home.

This device will allow you to set the ideal temperature for the day and night with just a few adjustments. The special design is able to store and repeat multiple daily settings. You don’t have to reset for several days.

Another special ability of this device is that it can usually store up to six different temperature settings for each day. This means if there are significant changes in temperature through different parts of the day, the thermostat will automatically adjust six times to maintain the most comfortable climate in your home.

There are a lot of brands for this handy device to choose from. Therefore, finding one that fits your budget will be a breeze. However, if you’re more interested in finding a programmable thermostat that will work perfectly with your HVAC system and will also last you a long time, do consult expert heating technicians. They can provide you better information on how well certain options work and which would give the best bang for your buck.

Installation Consideration

Proper installation can make a whole world of difference in the performance of your
programmable thermostat. You can entrust the task to an HVAC specialist or follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer.

Between the two options, it may appear more convenient to just follow the instructions in the product manual, but the advantage of turning to an HVAC specialist for installation is that he can see the other components in your home that may affect the efficacy and efficiency of the device. These components include the activities carried out in the room, the floor layout, and all the furniture and appliances present. He’ll take these into consideration to maximally prevent the occurrence of “ghost readings” or unnecessary air conditioner cycling.

Additional Things You Can Do to Make Your Home Warm and Cozy In the Winter

Winter is the perfect time of the year to spend more time at home, and you want your home to be as warm and cozy as possible. Apart from relying on the heating power of your HVAC system, there are other things that you can do to turn your home into the most comfortable sanctuary from the winter cold.

1. Turn on that electric fan.
The fan will help your HVAC system distribute heated air throughout the room better.

2. Place thick drapes on your windows.
The drapes will serve as additional insulation and keep cold from outside the window from coming in.

3. Let the sun shine in.
When the sun’s shining brightly, use it to radiate heat into your home.

4. Cover all the air leaks in your home.
Hire the pros to inspect your home for air leaks. These may be cracks around your windows and doors, and holes in the walls, ceilings, and floors. Apply caulking and other sealants to the leaks. This tactic will not only keep cold air out but it will also help your HVAC system to function well.

5. Have your HVAC cleaned.
Proper maintenance of your HVAC system will ensure proper functioning and extend its lifespan. Also, when you have your HVAC cleaned this winter, it presents the opportunity for a thorough inspection to see if there’s anything wrong with it that needs to be addressed so it can work effectively in heating your home throughout the winter.

If you need to ensure your HVAC system will do its job of heating your home this winter, get in touch with Ventwerx. We have a variety of services to keep your primary heating solution performing well. Likewise, we can provide additional information on how to protect your home from the cold.