Thermostat Tips from Your Furnace Service Technician12/07/2015 How you program your thermostat settings depends on your family’s routine and your temperature preferences. You may not realize you can use your thermostat to save money, just ask your technician about it at your annual furnace service appointment. He or she will give you some great ideas. Here are a few to get you started on your energy savings now. We’ve told you before that you can save money by bumping down the temperature on your thermostat by a few degrees. Just be sure to not set it too low, where you’ll use more energy to get your home back to a comfortable temperature. The best 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 every year, according to Energy.gov. Don’t set your thermostat too low or turn 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 significant water damage, and no one wants that. Another problem with adjusting your thermostat too low is condensation. Condensation can destroy 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 forms. Home comfort is necessary, especially in the middle of winter. You should be able to stay comfortable and save some money at the same time. Visit with your Patterson & Stirling Inc furnace service technician about more ways to do this. Or, just call us at 814-833-5558 or visit us online to set up an appointment.