Wondering what temperature to set your thermostat to if you live in Arizona?
Well, it depends. If you like a warm house and don’t care about energy savings, then you can set your thermostat to any temperature you want.
BUT, if you’re looking for a smart way to set your thermostat to save some money, you should lower your thermostat 7°–10° from your desired temperature at least 8 hours per day this winter.
In this article, we’ll explain why you should lower your thermostat to that temperature...
Why you should lower your thermostat 7°–10° this winter
According to Energy.gov, you can save as much as 10% annually on your energy bill by adjusting your thermostat 7°–10° for 8 hours every day.
And that means in the winter season, you’ll want to lower your thermostat 7°-10° (in the summer, you’ll want to raise your thermostat 7°-10°).
Here’s why lowering the thermostat saves you money in the winter: when your thermostat calls for a lower temperature on a cold day, your heating system doesn’t have to run as much to keep your home comfortable.
And when your heating system doesn’t have to run as much, it uses less energy, which cuts down your energy bill.
So, for example, during the winter you could set the thermostat to 68° while you’re awake and then lower it to 58°–61° while you’re away from home or at work.
But if you’re anything like us, you immediately see 2 problems with this schedule:
- You have to remember to lower your thermostat every day, or you won’t get the energy savings
- You’ll come home to an uncomfortable temperature (you’ll have to wait about 30 minutes to heat up your home once you raise the thermostat)
Luckily, there’s a solution to these 2 problems: a programmable thermostat.
To get savings & comfort, install a programmable thermostat
Let’s look at how a programmable thermostat can solve those 2 problems...
Problem #1: Remembering to lower your thermostat every day
A programmable thermostat allows you to set specific temperature schedules which automatically change the temperature based on your preferences.
That means you don’t have to remember to set your thermostat—a programmable thermostat automatically does it for you.
So, for example, you could set up a weekly workday schedule like the one below, and never have to change it during the winter:
- 8:00 am: Leave for work, the thermostat sets the temperature to 58°
- 5:00 pm: Leave work, thermostat starts to heat your home
- 5:30 pm: Arrive home, temperature raises to 68°
Additionally, depending on the kind of programmable thermostat you have, it might offer up to 3 or 5 different “schedules”. This allows you to pre-set a different schedule for weekdays, weekends, vacations, etc.
Problem #2: Coming home to an uncomfortable temperature
With a regular thermostat, you have to come home and manually adjust it to control the temperature which means you’ll often come home to a cold home (58° or lower).
But a programmable thermostat can fix that problem. You can program your thermostat to start heating before you get home, so by the time you walk through the front door your home is already comfortable.
Some advanced programmable thermostats called smart thermostats take it one step further. Let’s say you’re on vacation or you don’t know when you’ll be home. A smart thermostat connects to your home’s WiFi, which means you can control your thermostat through your phone or tablet. Controlling your thermostat remotely means you won’t ever have to come home to a house that’s too cold.
Interested in a programmable thermostat?
Just give us a call. We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have. We can also schedule an appointment with one of our trusted techs to install a programmable thermostat in your home.