Thermostat Tips from Your Furnace Service Technician12/07/2015 How you set your thermostat settings is based on your family’s schedule 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 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 be sure to not set 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 every year, according to Energy.gov. Don’t set your thermostat too low or switch 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 major water damage, and who has time for that? Another snag with adjusting your thermostat too low is condensation. Condensation can damage wood and electronics in your home. Your furnace technician can identify areas in your home where you should look out for condensation so you can tweak your temperature if it occurs. Home comfort is imperative, especially in the dead of winter. You should be able to stay comfortable and save some money at the same time. Speak to your Ilten's Incorporated furnace service technician about other ways to do this. Or, simply call us at 319-363-0283 or visit us online to set up an appointment.