Going Out of Town for the Holidays? Set Your Thermostat to This Temperature

November 22, 2017

The last thing anyone wants after a nice winter vacation is to come home to a high energy bill.

But if you don’t lower your thermostat to the right temperature, that’s exactly what will happen.

So, to avoid that unpleasant surprise, we recommend that you set your thermostat to around 60°.

Let’s look at why we recommend that temperature...

Why you should lower your thermostat to 60° during a winter vacation

Setting your home to 60° while you’re on vacation keeps your home warm enough to prevent frozen pipes but cold enough to save money on energy bills.

60° saves you money

You can generally save about 3% on your heating bill for each degree you turn your thermostat down during the winter

So, let’s say you normally keep your thermostat at about 75° when you’re at home. Lowering it to 60° when you’re gone can add up to 45% savings on your energy bills.

You see, the less your heating system has to work to warm your home, the less energy it will consume. And the less energy your system consumes, the lower your energy bill will be.

60° protects your pipes

Not only does 60° save you money, but it’s also warm enough to keep your pipes from freezing. Now, we don’t recommend going any lower than 60° because that increases the risk of frozen pipes. You can go higher than 60° if you’d like, but just remember the lower you set your thermostat, the more savings you’ll have.

Note: Leave cabinet doors open while you’re gone to help the warmer house air circulate and warm your pipes.

The downside to turning your thermostat down while you’re gone is coming home to a super cold house. And since it takes a good 30+ minutes to heat your home up again, that could leave you in a bind.

But luckily, there’s a solution to that problem...

For better comfort and more control, get a programmable thermostat

To avoid coming home to a house that’s too cold, consider investing in a programmable thermostat.

With a programmable thermostat, you can create a vacation schedule that automatically lowers the temperature to 60° when you leave and then raises your home’s temperature back to your desired temperature right before you return. 

The end result? Coming home to a low energy bill and your preferred temperature.

Plus, these thermostats save you money year-round, not just in winter: According to Energy Star, you can save $180 annually on your energy bills with a programmable thermostat.

Not sure exactly when you’ll get home from your vacation?

Consider a programmable (smart) thermostat that connects to your home’s WiFi. That way, using a smartphone or tablet, you can control your thermostat remotely. Before you arrive home you can raise the thermostat so you come home to a nice, warm home.

Related reading: Smart Thermostats vs. Programmable Thermostats: What’s the Difference?

Interested in a programmable thermostat?

Just contact us. We’d be happy to answer any thermostat questions you may have or help you schedule an appointment with one of our trusted techs for an install estimate.

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