What Is The Best Temperature For A Home In The Winter?

What Is The Best Temperature For A Home In The Winter?

It's always hard finding the absolute perfect temperature for your house. As season’s change, so do your preferences. Even individual family members have their own ideas about how to strike the optimal balance on the thermostat, a source of heated debate that can have people sneakily trying to adjust the temperature when someone isn't looking.

While some like it hot and others prefer things on the chilly side, the ideal indoor temperature ranges between 68 and 78 degrees depending on the season.

Why Your House Is Still Cold With the Thermostat Turned Up

Some people find that even when they set their indoor temperature to the high 70s, they still experience frequent chills and draftiness. While there's nothing wrong with putting on a cozy sweater for some extra warmth, no one wants to pay for heating they don't actually use.

There are a few reasons why your house may still feel cold even when you crank your heater to a high temperature.


Poor insulation in your walls and attic, and unsealed doors and windows, can lead to cold air seeping indoors. Frigid winter winds won't stay outside if you even have the smallest of cracks in your home's exterior. Weatherstripping kits and upgrading your home's insulation are the best way to combat this.

Old Windows

Windows account for up to 30 percent of residential heat gain and loss throughout the year. Newer windows are designed to be energy-efficient, but older ones will require some DIY. Insulated window treatments can be applied for a relatively low cost, so you can stop your home's hot air from escaping without breaking the bank.

You may also want to consider investing in some thermal curtains, which can be an effective way to keep your house warmer and a great way to lower your energy bills.

Air Leaks

When hot air escapes from your home, the cold air outside replaces it—this is called air infiltration and will result in uneven heating. Air leaks are a common source of uneven temperatures throughout a home; no matter how high you set your thermostat, you won't be able to create a comfortable indoor climate.

Air leaks are most commonly found around doors and windows, but they may also come from electrical outlets and your vents. A professional can check for proper insulation around all of these areas, as well as your ceiling and attic, to reduce air infiltration.

Balancing Your Temperature Throughout Winter

The best thing to do is change the dial on your thermostat depending on the time of day and whether or not you're home. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends dropping your temperature when you're away to save money. Why pay for heat when you aren't even around to enjoy it?

Keep your thermostat at 68 degrees during the day, when you are away at work, and then raise the temperature to around 73 degrees when you're home. Some people might want to keep their house even warmer, but it's not recommended to ever raise your thermostat higher than 78 degrees. If your home isn't warm enough at this temperature, then you may want to explore why you don’t have adequate control over your indoor climate.

Heating alternatives can also compensate for a lack of warmth from your furnace. Wearing the right materials, swapping out your bedding for winter linens and putting on a pair of fuzzy slippers can easily make your home more comfortable during the winter.

What Temperature You Should Set Your House in the Winter

Ultimately, the ideal temperature is a matter of personal preference, but experts agree it's somewhere in the 70s during the winter. The best temperature for any home is one that creates the perfect balance between comfort and cost. You may decide to lower your thermostat a few degrees to save money, and if your house is properly insulated, you'll find that even 72 degrees can be pretty toasty.

For help with your Walla Walla home's heating and cooling, contact Total Comfort Solutions today. We offer straightforward, worry-free solutions that help our customers save money and make their homes as comfortable as possible. We also offer 24-hour emergency HVAC repairs, so don't hesitate to call whenever you need assistance.


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