How you adjust your thermostat settings is determined by your family’s schedule and your temperature preferences. You may not realize you can 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 give you some great ideas. Here are a few to get you started on your energy savings ASAP.
- We’ve told you in the past that you can save money by bumping down 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 back to a comfortable temperature. The best 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 annually, according to Energy.gov.
- Don’t set your thermostat too low or turn your furnace off to save money. You’ll likely end up paying a lot more money if your pipes freeze. A burst pipe could cause major water damage, and who has time for that?
- Another snag with bumping 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 watch for condensation so you can tweak your temperature if it occurs.
Home comfort is important, especially in the middle of winter. You will be able to stay comfortable and save some money at the same time. Visit with your PWA Heating & Cooling Inc furnace service technician about more ways to do this. Or, you can call us at 815-410-1231 to set up an appointment.