How to Set Your Thermostat This Winter to Save

While Ontario winters are often unpredictable, controlling the indoor temperature of your home can keep you comfortable and warm no matter how ugly it gets outside. To ensure that your heating system remains efficient, we have energy-saving thermostat settings tips so that you can stay warm and lower costs on your utilities. 

At ClimateCare, our technicians in Ontario are dedicated to providing service to keep your home furnace running efficiently, safely, and properly. Contact us today for all your heating and cooling needs. 

Recommended Energy-Saving Thermostat Settings for Colder Weather 

According to a survey by Statistics Canada, most Canadian households in Ontario reported that they set their indoor temperature between 20°C and 22°C while at home. During times where household members were away or asleep, the average home temperature was generally kept between 16°C and 18°C. 

While setting your thermostat to a recommended level of 20°C to 22°C will keep you warm and comfortable during the winter months, adjusting your thermostat while you’re away from home or asleep will lower the cost of your utilities. 

On average, lowering your temperature by 3°C to 6°C during the day can save 5% to 15% on your energy bill. Whether you have a gas or electric furnace, utilizing your heat only while you’re at home can save you money. 

Using Programmable Thermostats 

Programmable thermostats allow you to determine a schedule of temperature settings that take effect at different times of the day. By allowing different settings to be used for weekdays and weekends, you can control the heating and cooling in your home and maximize your system efficiency.  

In order to use your programmable thermostat in the best way, here are a few guidelines to follow: 

  • Install your programmable thermostat on interior walls that are away from areas of direct sunlight or drafts, such as registers, appliances, lighting, fireplaces, and windows.  
  • Set the thermostat to lower temperatures while away from home and at bedtime. 
  • Adjust the thermostat to a constant energy-saving temperature when going on vacation. 
  • Replace the batteries each year. Some units indicate when the batteries must be changed. 

Modern programmable thermostats are generally electronic devices that monitor and regulate the temperature, but advanced models offer multiple schedules and remote control.  

Optimizing Smart Thermostats From ClimateCare 

Smart thermostats provide virtual energy assessments that offer insight into your home’s energy consumption. By using a combination of thermostat, weather, and energy data, smart thermostats deliver recommendations on how to improve your comfort level and lower your energy costs.  

By upgrading to a smart thermostat with ClimateCare, you’ll get customized recommendations at the end of each season to help you save even more on energy costs. Our technicians are certified to install your smart thermostat correctly and teach you how to maximize its energy-saving thermostat settings. 

ClimateCare Thermostats 

When you buy a new furnace, your local ClimateCare professional will maximize the value of your investment through careful, thoughtful, precise installation. Contact us today. 

Resources: 

https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/16-001-m/2008006/5212652-eng.htm