What tempurature should i set my therostate at?

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Old 01-24-09, 05:48 AM
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What tempurature should i set my therostate at?

Hi, i live in ONT, CAN. winters are cold, how should i set my thermostate to save money during the winter?. thanx
 
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Old 01-24-09, 05:58 AM
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Its simple...as low as you can stand it. Less heat produced = more fuel/energy saved. One poster stated he has his set to 62 and wears warm clothes. My wife would kill me if I tried that.
 
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Old 01-24-09, 06:19 AM
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so, keep it the same for 24hrs or drop it at night, and turn it up during the day?
 
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Old 01-24-09, 06:28 AM
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If you have a conventional gas or oil forced air furnace, yes I believe you can save some money by doing what you suggest. Keeping it at 64 for instance is better than keeping it at 72 for 24 hrs. And setting it to 64 at night and 72 during the day will help also, but not as much.
Think of it just like a car. If you drive it for 24 hrs straight, you use lots of fuel. The less you drive it, the less fuel you use.

Heat Pumps and Boilers are things I am not familiar with and cannot say one way or the other. Most people say that Heat Pumps should be set as low as comfort allows and left there. No setbacks at night.
 
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Old 01-24-09, 08:52 AM
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Consider an automatic setback type thermostat.There are a variety of versions on the market offering a variety of adjustment options.Most operate by battery and can be set to drop the setting at night and raise it in the morning,shut the system off for awhile,etc.You can set these to remember for you instead of setting and resetting it everyday.Heating system type does determine if they will work for you or which version you should get so go where saleshelp can assist you and has some product knowledge.

Heat pumps often have a "emergency heat" set up,sometimes uses different terminology,but the idea is the system produces extra heat immediately when the system is turned on and encounters an extra cool environment so turning off a heat pump overly often can end up using extra power to run this feature.You have to look at that case by case and determine for yourself if it makes sense or not.
 
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