You want to save money on heating this winter, at the same time keep your family comfortable.  

At Jack Kiefer Heating & Air, we are all about indoor air quality, making sure you get the best out of your HVAC system, and minimizing your heating costs in the winter. We understand what a cold winter in Neenah and the Fox Cities can do to your budget. An annual HVAC audit with a licensed technician is the first thing you can do to help you save money. 

As far as your thermostat setting, reputable sources offer recommendations on the ideal indoor temperature for winter, and to save money on your heating costs. 

How Can I Set My Thermostat and Save?

The Department Of Energy and Energy Star say you can save money on your heating costs by lowering your thermostat setting when you are away from home, or sleeping. Specifically, you can trim your heating costs by 10% a year, when you lower your thermostat setting by 7°F – 10°F for 8 hours a day.   

Let’s say you like to keep your thermostat setting at 73°F during the winter months. That’s toasty warm. Would you consider lowering the temperature to 68°F while you are at home? This could cut your heating costs by as much as 10%.

The Recommended Wintertime Thermostat Setting

We mentioned a 68°F thermostat setting for a reason. According to ENERGY STAR, a 68°F thermostat setting when you are home in the winter is the sweet spot, and provides the best balance between energy efficiency and comfort. 

The key to making this ideal for saving money on your energy costs, is lowering the thermostat setting when you are sleeping or away. Remember, lowering your thermostat setting by 7°F – 10°F for 8 hours a day, can result in saving as much as 10%.

There is an exception, and it’s important. If you have elderly family members or infants in the home, many experts, including the World Health Organization, believe the air in your home should not dip below 68° at any time. 

Why Does it Feel Colder than 68 Degrees?

If you have your thermostat setting at 68°F but it feels colder, it could be a lack of humidity. Heat dries up the environment, including the air in your home, and a lower relative humidity makes 68°F feel colder.

If this is the case, running a humidifier in key rooms will help. Better yet, adding a whole house humidifier to your HVAC system will ensure proper humidity levels throughout your home. Because the actual temperature will feel warmer, you will save money on heating. Balanced humidity also creates a healthier environment for you, and your family members.

When the Heat is Running, But it’s Still Cold

So, you’re doing your best with a thermostat setting of 68°. Still, your furnace may be running nonstop, or perhaps certain rooms remain cold. There are several reasons why this could happen.  

  • Is your furnace working properly? We recommend an annual inspection by a licensed HVAC technician to address any undetected issues, keep your HVAC system running smoothly, and reduce your heating costs.
  • Is your ductwork properly insulated? Your ducts need to be properly wrapped with insulation, to avoid the escape of the air you are heating up. This can be determined in an HVAC audit, with a qualified technician.
  • Are the vents in your home closed or obstructed? You want to be sure your vents are fully opened and clear. Anything, like furniture, that obstructs the vent will not only block the flow of air but in some cases aborb it.  
  • Do you have extra high ceilings? Heat rises, so vaulted ceilings can suck up the warm air. A ceiling fan will help keep the air in the room well circulated, and the entire room warm.

Contact Us With Your HVAC Questions

Folks in the Greater Fox Cities trust us as their full-service heating, and cooling company. We believe in being available when you need us, providing service in a friendly manner, and fair pricing. We also offer HVAC financing, so you can afford an HVAC system that will keep you, and your family comfortable. Give us a call at (920) 637-4189 or drop us an email.     

At Jack Kiefer Heating & Air, we are proud to be your HVAC experts in Neenah and the Fox Cities, and we look forward to meeting you!