Thermostat Tips from Your Furnace Service Technician12/07/2015 How you program your thermostat settings depends 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 regular 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 before 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 get your home warm enough again. The perfect way to save money is to set your thermostat back 10 – 15 degrees for 8 hours. This routine can save you between 5 and 15 percent on your heating bills each year, according to Energy.gov. Don’t set your thermostat too low or switch your furnace off to save money. You’ll potentially end up paying a lot more money if your pipes freeze. A burst pipe could cause considerable water damage, and who has time for that? Another drawback with adjusting your thermostat too low is condensation. Condensation can damage wood and electronics in your home. Your furnace technician can show you areas in your home where you should inspect for condensation so you can tweak your temperature if it occurs. Home comfort is imperative, especially in the chill of winter. You should be able to stay comfortable and save some money at the same time. Talk to your 1st Choice Service Group Inc furnace service technician about more ways to do this. Or, simply call us at 828-551-2913 or visit us online to set up an appointment.