3 Thermostat Tips for Keeping Holiday Guests Comfy (On the Cheap)

2018 Dec 03
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The holiday season is upon us!

(Which also means hosting season is upon us.)

And all great hosts know that keeping guests full, entertained and comfortable is key to a smooth holiday season. While we can’t help you with the first two, we can help keep your guests comfortable.

To make sure your guests stay warm and comfy in your home, follow these easy energy-saving thermostat tips:

  • Don’t be afraid to lower the temperatures at night
  • Add moisture to your home’s air
  • Invest in a programmable thermostat

We’ll explain each tip below.

 

Tip #1: Don’t be afraid to lower the temperatures at night

Lowering your home’s set temperature before you go to bed decreases the amount of time your heat runs throughout the night.

Now we know what you’re thinking. “But it drops below 40° in December here, why would I NOT want the heat to run?”

Well, there are actually two reasons:

1. This will save you money on heating costs every night.

The Department of Energy estimates that you can save roughly 1% on your heating bill for every degree you drop per 8 hours.

So, if you drop the thermostat 10° F (say, from 77° to 67°) before bed, you can save up to 10% on heating costs every night.

2. The optimal temperature for sleep is lower than you think.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, you should set your thermostat to 65°F to get the best sleep.

Why so cold? Well, it turns out that your body’s core temperature dictates how sleepy or alert you are. When your body’s core temperature drops, you’re more likely to get into sleep mode.

When your body’s core temperature doesn’t drop, you’re more likely to be restless throughout the night.

And nobody wants cranky, tired guests, right?

To learn more, check out our blog, “Zzzz...Here’s the Best Temperature For Sleep”.

 

Tip #2: Add moisture to your home’s air

By increasing your home’s humidity levels, you can actually help keep your guests warm—without turning on the heat.

You see, when humidity levels are higher, you feel warmer because the moisture in the air slows down your body’s natural cooling mechanism (evaporation).

On the flipside, when there’s very little moisture in the air (i.e. Phoenix’s notoriously dry winters), you feel much colder because the dry air is constantly drawing water (and heat) from your body.

Our suggestion is to make sure that your home’s humidity levels stay between 30% and 50%. Humidity levels in this range will also prevent guests from experiencing dry, itchy skin and/or breathing problems.

To add moisture to your home’s air, consider trying the following:

  • Add a few houseplants. Houseplants constantly give off water as part of their “transpiration” process. Plus, their aesthetic appeal will impress your guests! Just remember to water them…
  • Let clothes air dry. As the damp clothes dry, the moisture transfers from the material to the indoor air. Plus, you’ll save on utility bills by not running the dryer as much.
  • Let the dishes air dry. This works the same as air drying your clothes—the dishes dry as water molecules transfer from the plates to the air.
  • Cook more. This shouldn’t be a problem during the holidays, right? Boiling water is a great way to add moisture to the air.

Of course, you can always consider investing in a whole-home humidifier as well. These come in handy all year round in Phoenix and many models now have features that consistently monitor and control your home’s humidity levels automatically.

 

Tip #3: Invest in a programmable thermostat

Installing a programmable thermostat allows you to create pre-set schedules to make sure you’re simultaneously keeping your guests comfortable and your energy bills low.

In fact, according to EnergyStar, a programmable thermostat can save you up to $180 a year.

For example, you can set the thermostat to drop 10° at 9 or 10 PM as everyone starts getting ready for bed. Then you can make sure the thermostat automatically raises the temperature to a warmer temperature before everyone wakes up.

And the best part is that all of this happens automatically—which is great for a busy host like yourself.

To learn more about the money-saving benefits of a programmable thermostat, check out our blog, “The Ultimate Holiday Gift: A Thermostat That Saves You $180 Every Year”.

 

Want more energy-saving tips? Just ask your Phoenix heating experts

We’re always happy to help our customers save money on their heating and cooling bills.

Just contact us.

 

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