One of the simplest ways to save energy during the heating season is to turn down your thermostat. Some people think that by cranking it higher, it will warm your house more quickly, but in reality, all it does is waste money. You can save even more by turning the thermostat down a few degrees at night.
Some worry that this will make them cold while they sleep. But in fact, experts agree that a lower temperature at night will help you sleep better, in addition to saving energy.
If your bedroom is too warm, you’ll end up sweating. If it’s too humid, the sweat won’t evaporate, making it difficult to get cooler. On the other hand, if the room is too cold, you’re likely to shiver, which also makes it hard to sleep. Furthermore, your body needs the room’s temperature to remain steady in order to sleep soundly. Too much fluctuation back and forth can make you restless.
In addition to this, your own body temperature drops during the night, and making the room too warm could interfere with that. Everyone’s needs are different when it comes to optimal night temperatures, but a good rule of thumb is to keep the thermostat around 65 degrees to get the best sleep.
Not only will lowering the temperature help you sleep better, but you can also save energy. By turning your thermostat down between 7 and 10 degrees for at least eight hours, you can save up to 10 percent per year on heating. If you also turn the temperature down during the day, while you’re at work and the kids are at school, you can cut your energy bill even more. After all, there’s no use spending money to heat an empty house.
By monitoring your thermostat’s settings more carefully, you can get a better night’s sleep, save energy, and still remain comfortable all season long.
For more tips on how to save energy this season, contact us at NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating today. We’ve proudly served Martin County, Palm Beach County, and Indian River County areas since 1973.