Thermostat settings are largely dependent on your own preference and what you consider 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 likely provide a handful of things to remember this winter.
- While it's nice to constantly be saving money because you have your thermostat at a lower setting, it could actually be 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 completely 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 an issue 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 justifiably one of the most important things to stay on top of 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 keep comfortable either. Be sure to chat with one of our furnace service technicians if you have any questions about keeping your home comfy this season. Feel free to give us a call at 847-362-0262 to set up an appointment with us.