Thermostat Tips from Your Furnace Service Technician12/07/2015 How you program your thermostat settings is based on your family’s daily comings and goings and your temperature preferences. You may not realize you can use your thermostat to save money, just ask your technician how at your annual furnace service appointment. He or she will have some great ideas for you. Here are a few to get you started on your energy savings ASAP. We’ve told you in the past that you can save money by decreasing the temperature on your thermostat by a few degrees. Just ensure you’re not setting it too low, where you’ll use more energy to warm your home back up. The ideal way to save money is to set your thermostat back 10 – 15 degrees for 8 hours. This habit can save you between 5 and 15 percent on your heating bills every year, according to Energy.gov. Don’t set your thermostat too low or switch your furnace off to save money. You’ll likely end up paying a lot more money if your pipes freeze. A burst pipe could cause major water damage, and who has time for that? Another snag with adjusting your thermostat too low is condensation. Condensation can damage wood and electronics in your home. Your furnace technician can identify areas in your home where you should look out for condensation so you can adjust your temperature if it forms. Home comfort is imperative, especially in the chill of winter. You deserve to stay comfortable and save some money at the same time. Visit with your Service Plus Mechanical furnace service technician about other ways to do this. Or, just call us at 630-473-4749 or visit us online to set up an appointment.