A lot of people look at upgrading a furnace as the key to improving the efficiency of their heating system. While a furnace upgrade should help, it is not the whole story. You can have an energy-saving furnace, but without the right thermostat, you will never be able to tap into its full potential. If you have an older thermostat that only has one setting, then it is high time that your replace it with a programmable furnace. 

How Warm is Too Warm?

If your home is warm enough that you can comfortably wear shorts and T-shirts, then you should be ready to spend a small fortune on heating costs. The purpose of a furnace is not to keep your home completely toasty. Instead, it should take the edge off of the cold. If you have to wear socks, slippers, and a sweater inside your home to feel warm during the winter, then you are on the right track. Simply turning down the temperature on your thermostat by one degree can improve your furnace efficiency by around two percent. Thus, if you can handle keeping your home a little cooler, you can free up money in your budget.

The Programmable Thermostat

While turning your thermostat down is a good first step toward savings, you can save money by changing the setting on your thermostat. If you keep your thermostat at your preferred setting even when you are away from home, you are simply wasting money. What is the point of keeping your home warm if no one is there to enjoy it? With a programmable thermostat, you can set your furnace to run at a lower temperature while you are out of your home for the day and to warm your home back up to your desired setting just before you get home. You can also turn the temperature down at night while you are safely snuggled in a warm bed. If you use a programmable thermostat correctly, you can save up to 20% on your heating costs. 

It is easy to overlook how a thermostat can be used to save money on your heating and air conditioning costs. However, if you are serious about saving money on your heating costs, then you need to have a strategy for how and when you set the temperature for your furnace. Turning the thermostat down and designing a heating program to match your daily movements will help to save money on your heating bills.