Thermostat settings are largely dependent on individual preference and what you deem to be home comfort for you and your family. However, if you talk to one of our technicians about how you can use your thermostat to save money during your annual furnace service appointment, they will probably provide a few things to keep in mind this winter.
- While it's nice to be consistently saving money because you have your thermostat at a lower setting, it could end up costing more if you set it too low. The best spot is turning your thermostat back 10-15 degrees Fahrenheit/5-7 degrees Celsius for 8 hours, as it can save you between 5 and 15 percent on your heating bills each year, according to Energy.gov.
- If your thermostat is set too cold or you totally shut off your furnace, you could risk freezing your pipes. This, of course, can cause issues for all of the uninsulated pipes in your home. Most kitchen and bathroom pipes aren't insulated, so if they freeze, they could burst and cause severe water damage to your home.
- Condensation is also a threat when you have your thermostat set too low. Your furnace service technician can help point out areas where this condensation could show up, so when you choose a temperature, you can be sure it's not going to potentially cause damage to any of the wood or electronics inside your home.
Your home comfort is one of the most important things to stay current with this winter, and rightly so. Just because you want to save a little money in the process doesn’t mean that you can’t stay comfortable either. Be sure to speak with one of our furnace service technicians if you have any questions about keeping your home warm this season. Feel free to give us a call at 309-517-7511 to set up an appointment with us.