How Low Do You Go…With Your Thermostat?


With temperatures so low, your heating bill will likely be higher. 

However, there are some steps you can take to try to lower the cost. 

Richard Goodge normally enjoys spending time outdoors, but this week he’s thankful to be doing chores inside. 

“I wasn’t out more than five minutes, and it felt like my right ear was starting to freeze,” Goodge said. 

Because of the cold, Goodge has bumped his thermostat from 70 up to 73. 

“If you have a higher efficiency furnace, you’ll want to have it bumped up a little bit more than normal. If you have an older furnace, such as a 70 percent efficient furnace, you can get away with having it at your normal temp,” Waterbury Heating & Cooling Service Technician Kelly Cline said.

But could you end up saving money by chilling out? Cline says the savings between being at 60 versus 70 would not be significant, and for safety reasons, you should not go below 60.

“If the furnace was to break down, you’re going to get down to 32 really quickly,” Cline said.

Whether your thermostat is set at 73 or 53, the most important thing is that you don’t dramatically change the setting throughout the day.

“That is an absolute no-no. That’s the biggest no-no you can do right now,” Cline said.

That makes your furnace work even harder, which is why Goodge is taking it easy at 73. 

“Seventy-three is nice, especially with the weather we are having right now,” Goodge said. 

What temperature do you set your thermostat at? 

We’d like to hear from you. 

Head over to KELO Casey Wonnenberg’s Facebook page, and comment below this post. 

You can also find more helpful information on staying warm in these cold temps here. 

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