Brrr! Is it time to turn on the furnace? Fall in the Midwest is fickle. Some evenings can bring frost, while T-shirts and flipflops suffice for the afternoon. In an effort to save money, many people will forgo the furnace. In fact, some Dads will play the ‘furnace game’ and see how long they can wait to turn on the heat for the first time in a season. However, with infants, seniors, or sick individuals in the home, what is the ideal temperature for health reasons?
The World Health Organization (WHO) advises that indoor temperature should be at least 64.4 degrees for healthy, well-dressed adults. However, if you have children, seniors, or a person who is sick, 69.8 degrees would be a better minimum (sciencemediacentre.co.nz).
If you are playing the furnace game, good luck. Cuddle up and make yourself some hot tea. However, if you are shivering or if you can see your breath, you might want to switch on the heat.
Don’t feel bad. Fall is the time when most furnaces rev up their engines for the coldest months. Nevertheless, it’s important to give ELICO HVAC a call before you use your furnace. Your HVAC system should be cleaned and inspected at least once a year. This helps keep your furnace running for longer. Additionally, it’s a great idea to inspect your house for drafts, gaps, or leaks. This will help keep your warmth in and pests out.