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What Is the Most Energy-Efficient Furnace Setting? 

Jan 27, 2022 | Blog, Cincinnati, Cooling, Furnace, Heating, HVAC, Maintenance, OH, Ohio, Thermostat, Tip & Tricks, Winter

Prices are rising, and inflation has got just about all of us looking for ways to save in other areas and make up for the difference where applicable. That being said, anything concerning your home heating system is where your Five Star Heating & Cooling Cincinnati family comes into play. We want to help you get ahead of the game, so we have thought ahead for you and want to help you maximize your energy savings where possible. So, let’s go over a few options: 

What Type of Thermostat Is the Most Beneficial?

Suppose you have ever considered upgrading your standard thermostat to a programmable or smart thermostat. In that case, we highly recommend taking the plunge! If your furnace is labeled as high-efficiency, having a thermostat that can automatically make adjustments or allow you to customize your preferences would be worthwhile. Programmable thermostats are convenient for homeowners that operate on a consistent schedule. If your work schedule stays the same and you leave and return to your house around the same time throughout the week, this feature is a fantastic asset. You can program it to lower its temperature for the timeframes you know will not be home.

On the other hand, a smart thermostat may prove more convenient to those with a more lenient schedule. You can connect it to your home WiFi, and for the most part, they usually have an app so you can control the thermostat from the convenience of your phone. Smart thermostats also detect when no one is in the home and automatically lower the temperature. This option is a huge advantage to homeowners with fluctuating schedules. 

What Energy-Efficient Setting Should I Use?

Every degree makes a difference! Experts say that 68 degrees Fahrenheit is the perfect medium for keeping your home warm but still reduces costs on your heating bill. In addition, this keeps your furnace from getting overloaded by constantly pushing out warm air to keep the home heated at a much higher temperature. As a result, the lifespan of your furnace has the potential to be prolonged. It’s a win-win situation!

Do I Turn My Furnace Off When I’m Away?

Despite popular belief, turning off your home heating system when you plan to be away from your home is not recommended. Completely turning off the furnace can result in pipes or appliances freezing over and bursting. It’s not worth the little bit of money you might save on your energy bill. And it is most definitely not worth the inconvenience of dealing with any house disasters while also paying for massive home repairs.

The best approach is to make adjustments where you can. Don’t overwhelm yourself with trying to change everything up at once. Instead, start by lowering the temperature gradually. You can drop it one degree at a time until you reach the desired temperature of 68 degrees – or whatever is comfortable for your household. Should any issues arise with your furnace or thermostat, please feel free to contact us!

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