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What Should You Set Your Thermostat to in the Winter?

Having cozy heating and cooling in Cedar Rapids, IA, all year sounds like a good plan. But really, how can you keep your home cozy while stopping energy costs from skyrocketing?

Keeping your home cozy in the colder months isn’t as complicated as you may think. But from time to time you may have to have pro help if you’re experiencing hot and cold spots. Or if your equipment doesn’t provide comfort like it used to.

If you’re experiencing comfort trouble or seeking furnace repair, the heating and cooling experts at Ilten's Incorporated can help. Get in touch with us at 319-208-3295 to ask for an appointment today.

In the meantime, here are some suggestions on how to manage your thermostat during the cooler months.


Decrease Settings When You Go Out

Setting the thermostat back 10–15 degrees while you’re away can save 5–15% on your energy bill, according to the Department of Energy. If your residence sits empty during the day, this is a great method to decrease bills. And when you consider what even 5% could do for your energy costs, that can make a huge difference!

Decrease Temps for Sleeping

You can also decrease the temp before you fall asleep. It actually benefits more than only your heating bills! The ideal temperature for going to sleep is 60-67 degrees, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Your body cools down naturally to aid in sleeping, so keeping your sleeping area cool could help you go to bed more quickly.

Use a Smart Thermostat

One idea to think over if you don’t already use it—a smart thermostat. You won’t have to go over to the thermostat to change it. In actuality, you can adjust it from almost any location with your phone. A Wi-Fi thermostat also picks up on your household day-to-day activities and intuitively changes the temp to help you save more on energy costs.

Have a Comfier Residence with Support from the Heating and Cooling Specialists

Even if you don’t make big changes to your setting, a tiny modification can help lower your utility expenses.

While you are controlling your thermostat, there are a couple other things to keep in mind during the heating season.

  • Request an appointment for annual furnace maintenance. Heating service checks your equipment is operating properly and could help make your heater more efficient.
  • Take a look at your filtration. If you don’t notice light through it, you need to replace it.

Both of these steps will help confirm your heating system is in peak form to keep your home comfortable.

If you need help using a smart thermostat or have heating concerns, reach the experts at Ilten's Incorporated to receive top-notch assistance. You can reach us at 319-208-3295 or request an appointment online.

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