Thermostat Tips from Your Furnace Service Technician12/07/2015 How you program your thermostat settings depends on your family’s schedule and your temperature preferences. You can actually use your thermostat to save money, just ask your technician what you need to do at your annual furnace service appointment. He or she will have some great ideas for you. Here are a few to kick-start 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 make sure not to set it too low, where you’ll use more energy to get your home warm enough again. 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 shut your furnace off to save money. You’ll probably end up paying a lot more money if your pipes freeze. A burst pipe could cause major water damage, and no one wants that. Another snag with adjusting your thermostat too low is condensation. Condensation can harm wood and electronics in your home. Your furnace technician can point out areas in your home where you should look out for condensation so you can fine-tune your temperature if it occurs. Home comfort is imperative, especially in the middle of winter. You will be able to stay comfortable and save some money at the same time. Talk to your Davis Heating & Air Conditioning furnace service technician about other ways to do this. Or, just call us at 540-483-5605 or visit us online to set up an appointment.