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Guide to Setting Your Thermostat in Your Cincinnati Home


Cincinnati seasons are, at best, unpredictable. Knowing what temperature to set your thermostat to in your Cincinnati home can save a significant amount of money on energy bills throughout the year. And in Cincinnati, the cost savings generated throughout the winter and summer months can be substantial. Here is your Cincinnati guide to setting your thermostat in your home.

Fall and Spring Thermostat Settings

Although temperatures can vary greatly in Cincinnati during the fall and spring seasons, try to operate your thermostat at a temperature as close to the outside temp as possible. The closer your thermostat is to the outside temperature, the less your heating and air conditioning systems have to work and the lower your monthly energy bills will be.

Winter Months Thermostat Settings

During the winter months, set your thermostat at 68 degrees during the day. You will lower your energy usage cost by 5% to 15% during the winter months by lowering your thermostat by 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours per day. Try lowering the thermostat while you sleep by using extra blankets. Many people actually sleep more comfortably at night with a lower temperature setting.

Summer Months Thermostat Settings

The recommended temperature to set your thermostat at during summer months is 78 degrees. If you are planning on being away from home for four or more hours, set the thermostat to turn on to a cooling mode only if the temperature in your home reaches above 88 degrees. You can save an estimated 6% to 8% for every degree above 78 that you set your thermostat to.

Out-of-Town Thermostat Settings

If you’re planning on being out of town for vacation, business, or any extended stay longer than three days, it’s important to set your thermostat to the most energy-efficient setting before you leave. In the summer months, set your thermostat to 80 to 89 degrees and 50 to 59 degrees in the winter to prevent against freezing pipes. If you live in an older home and temperatures outside are 20 degrees or lower, consider setting the temperature between 55 to 59 degrees to help prevent older pipes from freezing.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

The best way to save money on your energy bill in your Cincinnati home is to install a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat will enable you to run a scheduled heating and cooling program throughout the day without the need to manually change settings. Most programmable thermostats can be set to change temperatures for up to six times a day and can easily be overridden manually if you want to change the temperature at any time without interrupting weekly or daily programming. A programmable thermostat can pay for itself in a matter of a few short months.

As the seasons change in Cincinnati, getting used to the cooler or warmer temperatures can take some time. Applying these guidelines to setting your thermostat for both comfort and savings will keep everyone in your home happy.

For all of your HVAC needs, contact Nelson Comfort, a locally and family-owned business in Cincinnati and we’re committed to helping you with all of your HVAC needs!

About The Author


Dan Detmer

Dan Detmer is the owner of Nelson Comfort. Dan was born into the heating and cooling industry, coming from a family of well respected HVAC contractors in Dayton, Ohio. After working in the family business, Dan decided to work for a local HVAC wholesale business helping local contractors grow their business. When he felt his heart moving him back into the residential and light commercial business, Dan joined the Mortimer Heating & Cooling team in Cincinnati, where he had called home and become part of the community for several years. After a short period of time Dan purchased the company and created what is today, Nelson Comfort. Today he operates a company based on integrity, honesty, and stellar customer service. If you have any questions feel free to tweet (at sign) NelsonComfort and we will get right back with you!

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