Thermostat Tips from Your Furnace Service Technician12/07/2015 How you program your thermostat settings is determined by your family’s routine and your temperature preferences. You may not realize you can use your thermostat to save money, just ask your technician how at your annual furnace service appointment. He or she will have some great ideas for you. 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 warm enough again. 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 each year, according to Energy.gov. Don’t set your thermostat too low or shut 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 considerable water damage, and who has time for that? Another drawback 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 watch for condensation so you can adjust your temperature if you see it. Home comfort is necessary, especially in the chill of winter. You will be able to stay comfortable and save some money at the same time. Speak to your WM J Kraus & Son furnace service technician about other ways to do this. Or, you can call us at 319-524-3714 or visit us online to set up an appointment.