What Temperature Should You Put The Heat On?

You want your HVAC system to run as efficiently as possible to save on energy costs and ensure that your system lasts as long as possible. What temperature should you put the heater on in your Charlotte, NC home?

You want a temperature that isn’t too high, so your unit isn’t running more than it should and raising your energy costs. However, you also don’t want it to leave you cold. Where do HVAC professionals consider to be the heating sweet spot?

Ideal Indoor Temperature in Charlotte, NC

The US Department of Energy recommends 68 degrees as the ideal balanced temperature in the winter. 

The average North Carolina family spends $210 per month on energy, or roughly $2500 a year. Turning back the temperature on your gas or oil heater by seven to ten degrees for eight hours a day can save you nearly ten percent of heating costs. Even turning the temperature down a few degrees while you are away can help. 

Tips to Save on Heating Costs 

There are several different things that HVAC professionals recommend doing to trim your energy costs and maintain the ideal temperature in your home, including:

  • Change your furnace filters
  • Open all of the vents
  • Check windows and doors
  • Use the winter setting on ceiling fans
  • Check the furnace fan setting
  • Be wise when adjusting settings
  • Consider a smart system

Regular furnace tune-ups and promptly attending to any furnace repairs also help keep your HVAC energy costs lower. 

Change Your Furnace Filters

When the furnace filters are dirty, the unit works harder, which means it uses more energy. Also, parts wear down faster if your system works harder, which means that you’ll need furnace repairs — or an eventual replacement — sooner. 

Change your filters following the manufacturer’s recommendations. If you aren’t sure, you can ask an HVAC professional during a furnace tune-up call. 

Open All of the Vents

For the air temperature in your Charlotte home to be comfortable when running the furnace, make sure the vents in all rooms are open so the air can circulate freely and heat evenly. 

Also, make sure that furniture (such as armchairs, bookshelves, couches, or beds) are not blocking the airflow. If furniture blocks any vents, consider rearranging. 

Check Windows and Doors

Ensure that your doors and windows (including storm doors and windows) are shut properly and latched. If the windows and doors aren’t sealed, warm air leaks out, and cold air seeps in. 

Also, make sure your window and door seals are in good condition. Good weather stripping can stop your doors from leaking air. 

Use the Winter Setting on Ceiling Fans

It may seem counterintuitive to turn on your ceiling fan in winter. However, the fans rotate clockwise in the winter setting and push the heat, which naturally rises, back down into the room. All you need is the correct setting for it to be effective.

Check the Furnace Fan Setting 

On your thermostat, make sure the fan setting is set to “auto” rather than “on.” The auto position ensures the system’s fan only runs when needed, not all of the time. 

This setting can save you $100 or more yearly in energy costs and help the furnace more easily maintain the correct temperature in your Charlotte home. 

Be Wise When Adjusting Settings

Setting your thermostat at a higher temperature when it’s cold doesn’t heat your home faster, but it increases your energy costs. If you set the temperature too low at night or while you are gone, your furnace will stay on longer to raise the temperature to the ideal. 

Consider a Smart System

Consider a programmable or smart thermostat that allows you to easily set the ideal temperature ranges on your HVAC system. Most systems can be programmed to adjust to a lower temperature while you are away automatically. 

With a smart system, you can program the system to gradually and efficiently (in other words, with minimal energy costs) raise the temperature to a higher setting when you arrive home. 

Have a Furnace Tune-Up

HVAC professionals recommend an annual furnace tune-up to keep your furnace running efficiently. This maintenance can also extend your furnace’s lifespan. An efficient furnace will maintain the ideal temperature in your home more easily. 

During a furnace tune-up, an HVAC technician cleans the furnace components and checks to make sure they are in good working condition. The technician also checks whether your unit needs repairs or replacement parts. 

Prompt Furnace Repair

If your furnace does need repairs, make sure to contact HVAC professionals to attend to them as soon as possible. This vigilance will keep your system running more efficiently and longer. Prompt repair for minor issues can prevent them from ballooning into bigger, costlier problems later. 

Contact Air Care Heating and Cooling 

If you have questions about how to keep your HVAC system running ideally in the Charlotte, NC climate, or if you need a furnace tune-up or repair, contact the HVAC professionals at Air Care Heating and Cooling today.