Thermostat Tips from Your Furnace Service Technician12/07/2015 How you program your thermostat settings depends on your family’s daily comings and goings 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 kick-start your energy savings ASAP. We’ve told you before 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 warm your home back up. The perfect 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 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 destroy 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 forms. Home comfort is imperative, especially in the dead of winter. You deserve to stay comfortable and save some money at the same time. Speak to your O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning furnace service technician about a few additional ways to do this. Or, just call us at 610-626-2540 or visit us online to set up an appointment.