BUD MATTHEWS SERVICES IS OPEN AND READY TO SERVE. We recognize our services are often emergency in nature, and we remain fully committed to fulfilling the needs of our community. Learn more here!
Serving the Chapel Hill Area for Over 40 Years!

How to Set Your Thermostat This Winter

Posted on: January 12, 2016

The thermostat is a vital part of maintaining comfort in your home throughout the year. Unfortunately, many people are often careless in the way they set their thermostats, turning them up and down throughout the day based on the whims of their comfort. This may not seem like it’s a big deal, but poor thermostat settings can lead to energy waste and a heating and air conditioning system that undergoes too much stress.

This winter, follow this advice to maximize comfort with your thermostat without wasting power:

Set 68°F during the day, with an 8–10° setback at night

The U.S. Department of Energy recommends keeping the thermostat steady at 68°F during the day when the household is awake. The majority of people will find this a sufficiently warm temperature, no matter the weather outdoors. The temperature may be set higher if there are infants or elderly people in the house. At times when everyone is asleep or when the house is empty, program a setback temperature of 8° to 10°F.

The reason that a steady, lower temperature is more energy efficient is that it slows down heat loss to the outside. The higher the heat concentration indoors, the faster it escapes outside and creates energy waste. Pushing the thermostat up to its highest setting, such as 85°F, allows too much heat to escape, and isn’t even a comfortable temperature anyway.

Upgrade your thermostat

If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, it’s harder to make the best use of these settings. If you still run your HVAC system with a manual thermostat or a no-frills digital model, it’s definitely time to upgrade. Even the most basic programmable model will make for a big improvement, and the newer line of digital and “smart” thermostats offer even more advantages. Ask our technicians about the best replacement thermostat for your home.

If you need thermostat repair or replacement in Durham, NC, call on Bud Matthews Services.

See What Your Neighbors Are Saying

“Many heartfelt thanks to the people I talked with on the phone late this afternoon who were concerned enough to send Pat over to check on our frozen pipes and dripping shower. Pat was so kind and professional and fixed...”

– Rindi

“Bud, I want to send my thanks to your company and especially to Scott. He got into more than he bargained for on our project yesterday. He went out and got different parts and went the extra mile to make...”

– Dave W.

“They were professional, honest, and cleaned-up after their work, and even took the shop-vacuum around the living room for good measure (we have a GSD - say no more)! Nice folks.”

– Judith A. – Pittsboro, NC

“Bud Mathew responded to our call even though it was made during the weekend. Plumber came to the house, identified the problem, gave us a temporary fix and suggested we wait until Monday to fix it. (That saved us some...”

– Gloria C. – Carrboro, NC

“They replaced a number of parts in my old Maytag dryer. It has been very reliable for 26 years and I want to keep it rather than buy a new one. Works great now!”

– Jane S. – Chapel Hill, NC

“Repair people were punctual and cordial. They troubleshot a problem, trying different approaches when the first try didn't work to clear the line. They explained everything they were doing as they did it while we watched. They were very efficient...”

– Diana B. – Efland, NC

“We were very happy with the process and outcome. Noah was very responsive. If he couldn't answer his phone when I called, he quickly returned calls. Everyone was very polite and respectful. They did a great job. Noah made good...”

– Jeffrey H. – Durham, NC

“They fixed my LG Front Load Washing Machine, which was leaking. They also helped me level it properly. They were on time, they provided clear estimates, they were professional, and they clearly explained every step of the process to me...”

– Lindsey S. – Chapel Hill, NC
See More Reviews
Certifications & Affiliations

We recognize that our services are of a special and often emergency nature, and we remain fully committed to fulfilling the needs of our community even as potential demand for our services may increase with more families either choosing to or being required to remain home for extended periods of time. More importantly, the safety of our employees and customers is always our highest priority, and we recognize that heightened diligence and focus on health and safety is required during these challenging times. We are actively monitoring updates from the CDC, WHO and local health officials; and we have been proactively and continually implementing measures and developing plans to prioritize the health and well-being of our employees and customers. Including:

  • Equipping all technicians with masks, gloves, and disinfectants.
  • Social distancing – Avoid handshakes and limit direct contact with customers during their visit.
  • Requiring technicians to clean all surfaces with disinfectants before and after performing work.
  • Requiring all employees to stay home if they are experiencing symptoms such as shortness of breath, coughing or fever.