Colder weather is starting to settle in for the fall and upcoming winter. During the fall most people enjoy having some time when they do not have to have their air conditioner or their heater running to keep their home a comfortable temperature. As the weather continues to cool down you will find yourself ready to turn the heater on. Before you reach for the thermostat consider the following benefits that come from keeping your house a little cooler this winter.
Advantages of Setting Thermostat at Lower Temperature in Winter
Save Money on Utility Bills: The first benefit is the most obvious one of them all; keeping your home cooler during the winter will save you money on your utility bills. If you keep your house cooler your heater will have to work less to keep your home at the desired temperature. Keeping your home just three degrees cooler in the winter can make your bill 10% lower.
Energy Saving: A reason that is not as obvious is that you will be helping keep the earth a little cleaner. You can save 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide each year by turning your thermostat down down degrees a year. Since we want a nice clean earth for our children to live in this is a great benefit.
Sleep Better: When your home is cooler there are many benefits for your sleep. When your home is cooler your body will allow you to fall asleep more quickly. Once you are asleep you will be able to sleep better as well. A study done in Australia proves that certain types of insomnia are reduced when you sleep in a cooler room. This next reason definitely gets women more interested in sleeping in cooler temperatures. Studies have shown that our body releases more melatonin when the temperature is between 60-68 degrees. Melatonin is a natural anti-aging hormone. So sleeping in a cooler room will help you stay looking younger! Yet another study showed that sleeping in a room that is 66 degrees helps you burn more calories and also helps increase your good fat. This helps reduce the risk for metabolic diseases and helps you lose weight. You can lose weight while you sleep!
Less Germs: During the winter many people will get the cold or flu. Cold and flu season can be tough on every family. If you keep your house cooler it is harder for germs to breed. Fewer germs in your home mean less illness.
Less Pests: In addition to having less germs in your home you will also have less bugs. Bugs and rodents both like warm places to live. During the winter many homeowners will see an increase in bugs and rodents in their home because the bugs and rodents are looking for a cozy place to nest. If your home is on the cooler side they may choose your neighbor’s home instead of yours.
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Even if you are planning on keeping your house cooler you will want to make sure that you take the time to have your HVAC unit inspected this fall. One of our technicians here at Air Supply Heating and Air Conditioning can come out and check out your unit to ensure that everything is working as it should. Contact us today!