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The Perfect Furnace Temperature

No matter if you believe the Farmer’s Almanac, a national weather service or your cousin Vern’s winter weather predictions, the cold weather is on its way. It will be cold and there will be storms, and you need to be ready for them. People are always asking what temperature they should set their thermostats to and how that temperature will affect their home’s utility bill. To be honest, there is no set answer. That question is like scoring a figure skating routine—there is definite information that needs to be considered, but part of the answer is subjective.

And what part of the home temperature judging process is subjective? Basically, how you and your family like your home to feel. This information will change not only based on the home and family, but also on each individual in that household. You know the scenario—your teenage daughter is freezing, but would never think of putting on extra layers of clothes and at the same time you are sweating and thinking you may need a fan to keep you cool.

On the other hand, you have to consider your location, your home’s heat/loss gain and your furnace’s efficiency. And even though this may be pretty much the same for your home for the next few years, it won’t be the same for your neighbor or your cousin Vern in Sheboygan.

The go-to temperature for the thermostat to be set at is said to be 68°F. Amazingly enough, just one degree either way can make a big difference in your home’s comfort level, but also in heating costs. Each time you lower your thermostat a degree you can save up to five percent on your heating bill.

Having a programmable thermostat is a must. And honestly, if you don’t have one by now, you are truly doing yourself more harm than good. With a programmable thermostat you can save yourself some major cash.

A programmable thermostat allows you to automatically adjust the temperature when you know one is at home. If everyone is heading off to work, school and activities all day, there is no reason to heat your house at the same temperature when everyone is there. You can program it to lower the temperature at 8am, when everyone leaves and set it to raise the temperature at 5:30 PM—about a half hour before everyone gets home. You can also have different settings for the days you tend to be home, such as weekends or while everyone is asleep.  

The point is, just because cousin Vern thinks that the triple salchow double toe loop deserves a 10 doesn’t mean that you do, too. The same goes for your household. Start at 68°F and adjust the temperature higher or lower based on your household’s preference. Set your programmable thermostat accordingly. And if you don’t have a programmable thermostat yet, for goodness sake, call Godby. We can install one for you and help you program it!

When it comes to all of your heating/cooling, plumbing and electrical needs, even cousin Vern knows “It’s Gotta be Godby!” (And we agree!)

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