Thermostat Tips from Your Furnace Service Technician12/07/2015 How you program your thermostat settings is determined by your family’s schedule and your temperature preferences. You can actually use your thermostat to save money, just ask your technician about it at your regular furnace service appointment. He or she will share some great ideas with you. Here are a few to get you started on your energy savings now. We’ve told you in the past that you can save money by lowering 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 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 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 considerable water damage, and who wants that? Another drawback with setting 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 look out for condensation so you can adjust your temperature if it occurs. Home comfort is necessary, especially in the dead of winter. You will be able to stay comfortable and save some money at the same time. Talk to your US Air Heating and Cooling furnace service technician about a few additional ways to do this. Or, just call us at 803-980-4328 or visit us online to set up an appointment.