Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes taking control of your home comfort effortless, while helping you save some money. This thermostat can be programmed around your schedule, so you can avoid paying to heat your home when you’re away. With the erratic weather in the Midlands, a programmable thermostat can keep your home’s temperature 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 daily activities. After doing this, you can plan how to program your thermostat so you don’t use energy when no one is home, but you can avoid 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 work and again when you come home, but why go through extra hassle when the programmable thermostat was created to simplify your life and make your home more comfortable? You just need to set it and forget it… and saving on energy is the icing on the cake. You can help your system operate more efficiently by programming your thermostat for large periods of time and limit your temperature changes to 10 degrees or less. Doing this will save you money and help ensure you are comfortable in your home. Your system will use less energy when you 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 decrease your energy bills. Preprogrammed settings often include specific options for when you are away. Using these settings automatically adjusts your temperature setting whether you’re away from the Midlands on vacation or just away from home for the day. Some programmable thermostats have a feature to lock the thermostat to inhibit kids from accidentally (or purposely) changing the temperature and potentially altering your bill. You should also know that setting 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 they’ll 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 some 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 Alltemp Comfort Services LLC in the Midlands at 803-220-0753 or set up an appointment online.