Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes managing your home comfort effortless, 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 away. With the unpredictable weather in Madera, 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 started with your programmable thermostat is to take some time to evaluate your family’s routine. After doing this, you can determine how to program your thermostat so you don’t uselessly consume energy when your home is empty, 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 work and again when you come home, but why needlessly do all this work 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 is a great bonus. 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 simple functions as a traditional thermostat, but also features a variety of preprogrammed settings to lower your energy use and, therefore, potentially cut your energy bills. Preprogrammed settings often include special options for when you are not home. Using these settings automatically lowers your temperature setting whether you’re away from Madera 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 affecting 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 rapidly. 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 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 Brian’s Heating & Cooling, Inc. in Madera at 559-675-1681 or set up an appointment online.