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How Cold Is Too Cold For A House?


How cold is too cold for a house? What everyday temperature is recommended? How low can you go? Of course some of this is up to your personal preference, how much you're looking to save on your heating bill, and the level of your winterization in your home. But regardless, there are some target temperatures you can aim to hit based on your circumstances. Often it just takes some getting used to...

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends indoor temperatures of at least 64°F (you can drop that down to 62°F at night if you're really looking to save on your heating bill). But if you have infants, sick or elderly people in your household, then it's recommended that you keep the thermostat set at 70°F.

Leaving for the day and the house is empty? Drop it down to 58°F. This is where a programmable or wi-fi thermostat comes in handy so that it will automatically warm back up before you get home.

Leaving the house vacant for an extended period of time but worried about pipes freezing and bursting? The recommended range is 50°F-60°F. The better the winterization in your home, the lower you can go.

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