Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes managing your home comfort easy, plus it can help you save some money. You can program it around your routine, so you can avoid paying to heat your home when you’re not even there. With the erratic weather in Wyandotte, a programmable thermostat can ensure your home’s temperature stays 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 evaluate your family’s daily activities. By doing this, you can plan the most efficient way to program your thermostat so you don’t uselessly consume energy when your home is empty, but you can avoid anyone coming home to a house that’s too hot or too cold. You could take time to adjust your thermostat before you leave and when you return, but why make more work for yourself when the programmable thermostat was designed to simplify your life and make your home more comfortable? Simply set it and forget it… and saving on energy is the icing on the cake. For the most efficient system operation, program your thermostat for large periods of time and limit your temperature changes to 10 degrees or less. This practice will save you money and help ensure you are comfortable in your home. It takes your system less energy to keep your home at a relatively 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 features 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 at work or on vacation. Using these settings automatically lowers your temperature setting whether you’re away from Wyandotte on vacation or only away from home for the day. Some programmable thermostats allow you to lock the thermostat to inhibit kids from accidentally (or purposely) adjusting the temperature and potentially altering your bill. You should also know that bumping up the heat much warmer than you’d normally set it will not help your house warm up more quickly. 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 are looking to save a little 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 Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning in Wyandotte at 734-284-1224 or set up an appointment online.