Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes taking control of your home comfort easy, plus it can help you save some money. You can program it around your schedule, so you can avoid paying to heat your home when you’re not around. With the ever-changing weather in West Valley, a programmable thermostat can ensures your home’s temperature is exactly where you want it, when you want it there. The best way to get the most benefits from your programmable thermostat is to take some time to evaluate your family’s routine. Once you do this, you can determine the best way to program your thermostat so you don’t waste energy when your home is empty, but you can avoid having anyone coming home to a house that’s too hot or too cold. You could take time to adjust your 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? Simply set it and forget it… and saving on energy makes it even better. 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. This will save you money and keep you comfortable in your home. Your system will use less energy when you 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 essential functions as a traditional thermostat, but also comes equipped with a variety of preprogrammed settings to trim down your energy use and, therefore, potentially decrease your energy bills. Preprogrammed settings often include specific options for when you are away. Using these settings will automatically lower your temperature setting whether you’re away from West Valley on vacation or only away from home for the day. Some programmable thermostats have the option to lock the thermostat to keep kids from accidentally (or purposely) changing the temperature and potentially affecting 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 rapidly. 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 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 Select Comfort System Heating & Air Conditioning in West Valley at 801-969-7088 or set up an appointment online.