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Thermostat Tips to Get You Through the Winter

Energy Star, a program run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy that promotes energy efficiency, recommends setting your thermostat to 68 degrees Fahrenheit when home. This temperature is recommended because it offers an ideal balance of comfort and energy savings. Here are some other tips recommended by Trane and Viviano HVAC to keep you comfy this winter.

Keep it cozy at night.

When you are away at work, vacation or at night, turn the dial about 10-12 degrees lower. This will save you as much as 10% on your heating bill. You may need to throw an extra blanket on your bed at night, but many experts believe we all have a more well-rested sleep when the environment is a bit cooler. Constantly increasing and decreasing your home’s temperature when at home can actually end up costing you more money over time. By keeping your temperature at a certain level for at least 8 hours each day, you’ll save money.

Placement of the thermostat matters.

When installing a thermostat, it’s important to place it strategically in an appropriate section of your home. Are you unsure sure if your existing thermostat is in the right spot? Give Viviano a call and we’d be happy to consult with you. An interior wall near the center of your home is the best place for a thermostat. Placement of the thermostat is also best in a room that family members use the most. It’s the most convenient and the most comfortable to place the thermostat in a popular common area.

Avoid the following areas when placing your thermostat in the home:

  • Rooms in direct sun light
  • Locations above air vents
  • Near doors or windows
  • Kitchens
  • Hallways

It may be time to upgrade.

Technology continues to advance, and with it so does energy efficiency of thermostats. Today’s most efficient HVAC systems are able to offer homeowner’s whole home comfort with less energy usage. It’s ideal to pair a new heating and cooling system with a newer, energy efficient thermostat. Sure, you can set your thermostat daily, but newer thermostats are considered “smart” and able to assess your needs and offer energy savings while at home or while you are away.  At Viviano, we are also Ambit Energy providers and can offer even better discounts. Ambit Energy provides electricity and natural gas services in deregulated markets across the U.S.

At Viviano, we’ve been putting our customer’s comfort at the forefront since 1989, serving homeowners and businesses in the Metro-East for 30 years with quality products and services. If your home doesn’t have an HVAC system and thermostat that is working hard and costing you less, it’s time to call us at (618) 345-7498 or check us out online at