Thermostat Tips from Your Furnace Service Technician12/07/2015 How you set your thermostat settings depends on your family’s daily comings and goings and your temperature preferences. You may not have known you can use your thermostat to save money, just ask your technician about it at your routine furnace service appointment. He or she will give you some great ideas. Here are a few to get you started on your energy savings today. We’ve told you many times 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 back to a comfortable temperature. The ideal way to save money is to set your thermostat back 10 – 15 degrees for 8 hours. This practice can save you between 5 and 15 percent on your heating bills annually, according to Energy.gov. Don’t set your thermostat too low or switch 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 significant water damage, and no one wants that. Another problem with bumping 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 watch for condensation so you can adjust your temperature if it occurs. Home comfort is imperative, especially in the dead of winter. You will be able to stay comfortable and save some money at the same time. Visit with your Street Heating & Sheet Metal Inc furnace service technician about more ways to do this. Or, you can call us at 605-342-5107 or visit us online to set up an appointment.