Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes managing your home comfort effortless, while helping you save some money. You can program it around your schedule, so you can avoid paying to heat your home when you’re not even there. With the erratic weather in Litchfield Park, a programmable thermostat can ensures your home’s temperature is exactly where you want it, when you want it there. The best way to maximize the benefits of your programmable thermostat is to take some time to examine your family’s routine. After doing this, you can plan the best way to program your thermostat so you don’t waste energy when no one is home, but you also won’t have anyone coming home to a house that’s uncomfortable because it’s too hot or too cold. Some people just take the time to adjust their thermostat before you leave and when you return, but why make more work for yourself when the programmable thermostat was made to simplify your life and make your home more comfortable? All you have to do is set it and forget it… and saving on energy makes it even better. In order to help your system operate more efficiently, program your thermostat for large periods of time and limit your temperature changes to 10 degrees or less. This will save you money while keeping you comfortable in your home. Many people don’t realize that it takes your system less energy to keep your home at a fairly constant temperature than it does to turn it on when you get home and try to heat a cold house. A programmable thermostat operates with the same basic functions as a traditional thermostat, but also offers a variety of preprogrammed settings to lower your energy use and, therefore, potentially lower your energy bills. Preprogrammed settings often include designated options for when you are away. Using these settings automatically adjusts your temperature setting whether you’re away from Litchfield Park on vacation or only away from home for the day. Some programmable thermostats allow you to lock the thermostat to keep kids from accidentally (or purposely) changing the temperature and potentially raising your bill. You should also know that turning up the heat much warmer than you’d normally set it will not help your house warm up faster. Many people assume that cranking the heat up in a cold house will warm it up faster, but it doesn’t. And it’s not uncommon to forget to turn it back down, making the house uncomfortably warm and wasting energy. When you want to ensure your home is always comfortable and would be happy to save your money, a programmable thermostat is a great option. To find out more about the many programmable thermostats available and which one might suit your home the best, call Cooler Tymes LLC in Litchfield Park at 623-206-6770 or set up an appointment online.