Where to set your thermostat during winter weather

Home thermostat/Mike Duran FOX21
Home thermostat/Mike Duran FOX21

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Temperatures are dropping and it’s time to stay warm.

“As long as you’re maintaining the heat in your home above 64 degrees, you’re going to maintain an ample to help prevent things from freezing,” said Maximus Blesch, marketing coordinator for Affordable Plumbing and Heat.

Experts with Affordable Plumbing and Heat suggest it’s best to keep your home thermostat set between 64 and 68 degrees during the winter season, even during the times when you’re not home.

They say you should to never fully turn the heat off or to the lowest setting, but instead set it within a five-degree range of where you’d set it while you’re home.

However, if you have young kids or are susceptible to getting sick, they say keeping your thermostat between 68 and 72 degrees should help.

“You don’t want to drop it too much below that, because then it’s going to take a lot longer and a lot harder on your furnace to bring it back up to temperature,” Blesch said.

Experts say it will help avoid major wear and tear on your furnace and you’ll see a noticeable difference in your utilities bill.

“The other thing that we highly recommend is you have your furnace tuned up, have a licensed professional clean and check it and make sure you have fresh filters,” Blesch said.

If you plan on being away from your home for a while, experts said it’s still best to set your thermostat to no lower than 64 degrees.

If you have any unexposed pipes inside cabinets or on north-facing walls, open them up so the heat can reach them.

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