09 Dec 2014

What should I set my thermostat at?

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 What should I set my thermostat at?

In this post I am going to give you my actual experience on setting a thermostat and not just a quick copy and paste tutorial from the manufacturer. If you have time periods on your thermostat you can set them if you choose. I’ve spent years going back and forth on this and have come to the conclusion that (for me) I prefer for most of the year not to use them..Especially in the winter! I don’t like waking up to a colder house. I prefer to spend the extra money on fuel. I will use the periods during the beginning and end of seasons but not much in the middle. So What should I set my thermostat at?

Wake: This is thew time when you get out of bed, I will set this for 30 minutes prior to make sure I’m comfortable. I set the heat at 70 and the Air at 73

Leave: This is a period when everyone is off to work or school and no one is home. If this does not happen delete the period. I set the heat at 65 and the air at 76.  Time to 8am                                                                                                                                                                                 Return:This is when everyone comes home or at least when the first person comes home, I set the heat to 70 and the air to 73..The time to 5PM, if you have kids set this to when they get home from school.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Sleep: This is when you retire for the night. I set this to 65 for the heat and 76 for the air. The time to about 10PM..                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               If you have a forced air system, meaning that you have a fan with ducts instead of  pipes going to baseboard or radiators then you are going to want to set the fan to auto during the winter and the fan to on during the summer.  This is purely for comfort. Having a fan run when the burner is not on during the winter causes drafts. Which can make you feel cold. Those same drafts in the summer make you feel good. Hope this helps.  

  What should I set my thermostat at? Many times I will just find a personal comfort setting and hit the hold button…lol

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