Here in Minnesota it feels like we’re at the tail end of winter, but as we all know, that can change—literally—overnight. So while warmer temps are in sight, we’re still in heating season and most everyone hopes to find the ideal home temperature, especially as the weather fluctuates in the transition from winter to spring. Here are some ideas for finding and keeping an ideal temperature in your home as we close out this year’s heating season (fingers crossed).
What’s an Ideal Home Temperature?
Of course, that answer depends on who you’re asking. Finding an ideal, comfortable home temperature is very personal. What’s perfect for one family member may feel “freezing” to another or “stifling” to yet another. And sometimes that results in “thermostat wars” with your home temp yo-yoing up and down. The trick is to find a happy medium that works for the whole household.
Finding a Household Ideal
For fall and winter temps, HVAC pros—and many homeowners—recommend starting in a range between 68 and 70 degrees. Most folks will find reasonable comfort somewhere in that range. Experiment a bit and see if you can’t find a happy medium for the whole family. For those who really like it warmer, a cozy sweater helps. Or, for smaller areas, an electric space heater can add comfort. Just keep in mind that electricity costs more than heating fuel. So if it’s a larger area that you want warmer, bumping up the thermostat may be the better choice.
The easiest way to manage your home’s temperature is with a programmable or smart thermostat. You can set lower temperatures at night or during the day when you’re not home, and have the house warmed up before you return. Not only can this save on fuel costs, but it can help settle family disagreements about when and how much to adjust the thermostat. Plus, the convenience of being able to adjust temps remotely is a real advantage to busy families.
There are a lot of choices out there for programmable and smart thermostats, so Stay Comfy has taken some of the guesswork out of the research. Here’s our 2017 Guide to Choosing the Best WiFi Thermostat.
Another way some families manage home temperatures is with zone heating. Zone heating employs separate thermostats for separate areas, or zones, of the home, so that those areas’ temperatures can be controlled separately. While zone heating is most commonly found in new construction homes, more and more homeowners are considering retrofitting portions of their homes with zone heating. Common choices for zone heating include basements, home additions, or for remote parts of the home that otherwise would cause overheating elsewhere.
However you decide to manage your home’s temperatures at the end of this heating season, keep in mind that spring is just around the corner. And soon, we’ll be talking about ideal summer temps!