What Thermostat Temperature is Best for the Winter?

December 5, 2019


Finding the right home temperature in the winter season can be a real challenge. You want to find a thermostat setting that keeps your family comfortable without costing a fortune in heating bills. In the greater St. Louis area, Scott-Lee Heating Company works with countless commercial and residential heating systems. With all that experience, we think we have some insight into the best home temperature for the winter.

The Recommended Setting

According to the Department of Energy, most homeowners should keep their thermostats at 68 degrees during the winter months. At this temperature, the majority of people are comfortable, or they can get comfortable by putting on a sweater. It is also a temperature that will not overtax your heating system, avoiding extra heating costs and unexpected repairs.

Exceptions to the Rule

As a cost-saving measure, it is important to recognize that your house does not need to be 68 degrees when no one is home. If the house is empty during the day, you can let the temperature drift down as much as 10 degrees. Modern, efficient heating systems will use less fuel returning the house to a comfortable temperature than maintaining that temperature for eight hours when the home is empty.

You can also let the temperature fall when people are sleeping. Most people sleep better with a cooler temperature. Encourage your family members to get comfortable under extra blankets and a comforter during the colder nights.

Smart Thermostats: A Helpful Tool

The technicians at Scott-Lee Heating Company are installing more smart thermostats with every passing season. The Lennox models we carry learn your heating habits, adapting automatically to your family’s schedule. This smart technology makes them more precise than earlier generations of programmable thermostats, allowing you to maintain your ideal home temperature. In addition, you can access your thermostat remotely with a smartphone to turn on the heat if there are unexpected schedule changes.

Scott-Lee Heating Company is ready to help you with all of your home comfort systems. We handle everything from installation to repair. We’re experts in finding heating, cooling, and indoor air quality solutions for your home or business. Contact Scott-Lee Heating Company to get the service you need.