What do the numbers on the thermostat mean?

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If you turn it up, it (hopefully) gets warmer – so far, so good. But what temperature do the numbers on the thermostat stand for? Here’s a brief overview:

Depending on the room, experts recommend a temperature bandwidth between 18 to 24 degrees
Asterisk: around 5 degrees, protects the heater from frost.
Level 1: around 12 degrees
Stage 2: around 16 degrees
Level 3: around 20 degrees
Stage 4: around 24 degrees
Level 5: around 28 degrees

Sun: It stands for a basic setting at 20 degrees
Half moon: It stands for a night setback at 14 degrees

In an average household in Austria, around half of the energy consumed is used for heating in the cold season – and the rooms are usually too warm. This calculation example demonstrates that haggling over every degree pays off in terms of well-being: “Lowering the room temperature by just one degree Celsius already saves around six percent of heating energy,” says Sabine Seidl from the Austrian environmental consultancy. The recommended temperature in rooms that are used a lot is a maximum of 22 degrees Celsius and no more than 18 degrees Celsius in rooms that are rarely used or in bedrooms. So turn down the thermostat – and take the opportunity to check whether the automatic night setback function is switched on.

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