Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes taking control of your home comfort simple, and it also can help you save some money. You can program it around your schedule, so won’t have to pay to heat your home when you’re not around. With the unpredictable weather in Charlottesville, a programmable thermostat can keep your home’s temperature exactly where you want it, when you want it there. The best way to get started with your programmable thermostat is to take some time to examine your family’s routine. Once you do this, you can decide the best way to program your thermostat so you don’t uselessly consume energy when you and your family are gone, but you can avoid anyone coming home to a house that’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 make more work for yourself when the programmable thermostat was created to simplify your life and make your home more comfortable? Simply 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. Doing this will save you money while keeping you 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 comes equipped with a variety of preprogrammed settings to lower your energy use and, therefore, potentially lower your energy bills. Preprogrammed settings often include special options for when you are away. Using these settings will automatically lower your temperature setting whether you’re away from Charlottesville 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) moving 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 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 would like 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 Beck Cohen in Charlottesville at 434-296-0129 or set up an appointment online.