The Optimal Setting for Your Thermostat This Winter

This season, it’s time to end the fight over thermostat settings once and for all. ENERGY STAR® has released the most optimal thermostat settings to help you save money on your energy bills without having to sacrifice comfort and indoor air quality, and our experts on residential and commercial air conditioning systems all agree that this temperature will make homeowners everywhere stop fighting with their settings.

Your temperature settings are directly proportional to your energy bills. Setting your thermostat too high or too low can have adverse effects on both your comfort and the longevity of your heating and cooling system. Let our HVAC specialists at Sierra Air give you a quick tutorial on thermostat settings and how you can make your thermostat more efficient this winter.

The Optimal Temperature

For every degree lower your thermostat is set, ENERGY STAR estimates you can save 1% on your energy bill. The best temperature setting is around 68 degrees F; however, our AC, heating and air conditioning service professionals at Sierra Air advise setting the temperature even lower during the hours when you’re asleep or away from home to really maximize your savings.

On and Off Cycles

Your HVAC system consumes the most energy when it’s powering up. That’s why our experts recommend not turning off your air conditioning or heating when you leave home. Instead, raise or lower the settings on your thermostat, depending on the season, to save up to 10% annually on your energy bills. 

Programmable Thermostats

Many homeowners admit that remembering to lower their thermostats can be difficult, particularly if they lead busy lives. You can automate these changes by using a programmable thermostat. This device allows you to set a schedule for certain temperatures, providing you consistent savings throughout the season. Talk to your residential or commercial heating and cooling contractors about replacing your old thermostat with a programmable model.

Our Professionals Can Help You Save More on Your Energy Bills

At Sierra Air, we’re your leading local provider of heating, cooling and home comfort solutions. Give us a call at (775) 800-5500 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation and get a free estimate on new installations today.