Thermostat settings are hugely dependent on personal preference and what you deem to be home comfort for you and your family. However, if you consult with 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 always be saving money because you have your thermostat at a lower setting, it could end up costing more if you set it too low. The ideal 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 shut off your furnace altogether, you could risk freezing your pipes. This, of course, can create huge problems 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 serious water damage to your home.
- Condensation is also a problem when you have your thermostat set too low. Your furnace service technician can help find areas where this condensation could show up, so when you settle on 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, as it should be. 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 530-885-8081 to set up an appointment with us.