For optimal comfort and energy efficiency in Arizona’s often unpredictable winters, it’s important to fine-tune your thermostat settings. Winter is here, so now is the time to figure out how to keep your house warm without driving up your energy expenditures unnecessarily.

How Thermostat Settings Affect Energy Bills

The key to good energy management is understanding the link between thermostat settings and energy costs. Setting the thermostat higher in the winter increases energy use while setting a lower temperature can compromise comfort. A well-managed thermostat will allow you to achieve your desired level of comfort without putting undue strain on your heating system. When using programmable thermostats, you can optimize your energy use according to your regular habits via automated changes.

Ideal Thermostat Settings for Arizona Winters

Finding the sweet spot between thermal efficiency and comfort is paramount during Arizona’s harsh winters. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, when you’re at home, you should set the thermostat at 68 degrees. When you’re sleeping or not at home, lower the thermostat. Nevertheless, in more temperate regions like Arizona, you can achieve considerable energy savings without sacrificing comfort by setting the thermostat somewhat lower throughout the day, at around 65 degrees. To make up for the cooler interior, try wearing layers and bringing along a blanket.

Ways to Improve Heating Efficiency

There are numerous ways to make your home more energy-efficient. The more efficient you make it, the easier it is for the heater to heat your home. This means it uses less energy, thus saving money on heating bills. To boost the performance of the thermostat by making the home more efficient, use the following tips:

  • Seal air leaks
  • Invest in regular HVAC maintenance
  • Leverage natural sunlight
  • Invest in a smart thermostat
  • Consider zoned heating

Moyer’s Heating & Cooling Inc. specializes in thermostat installation and calibration. We also help Prescott Valley homeowners with AC installations, HVAC maintenance, humidifiers, and more. Give us a call now to speak with a licensed technician about using the correct thermostat settings.

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