As a local HVAC provider in a small town, I’m always asked what temperature do I have my thermostat set to in the winter. I tell anyone asking, that I always keep my thermostat set to 60 degrees fahrenheit during the winter, and I happily wear a sweater inside. In the cold weather, a heater will pump warmed air into a room until the HVAC units’ internal thermometer reaches the requested, and preferred temperature control. Then the heating unit turns off until the temperature in the room falls back down a couple of degrees. At that point, the heater will start up again, coming through the heating vents to warm your home, and to make it more comfortable. Your heater, if maintained properly with the required HVAC preventive maintenance, will continue this cycle, over and over again. However, the higher the thermostat is set, the harder the heater must work to heat your entire house. The heater works harder to arrive at that higher preset temperature control. With every degree higher that the thermostat has been set to, you will see an increase in your electric bill. Setting the thermostat to 60 degrees will typically keep enough warm air in the rooms for comfort. At that temperature control, however, you will need to wear a sweater and some warm bed slippers to stay comfortable and cozy. In order to save money on heating costs this winter, you should keep the thermostat at 60 degrees, wear warm clothing and consider enjoying a hot cup of cocoa in the cool evenings while sitting by the fireplace.