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 routine, so won’t have to pay to heat your home when you’re away. With the erratic weather in Crestview, 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 analyze your family’s schedule. By doing this, you can determine the most efficient way to program your thermostat so you don’t waste energy when no one is home, but you can avoid having anyone coming home to a house that’s too hot or too cold. You could try to remember to adjust your thermostat before you leave and when you return, but why needlessly do all this work when the programmable thermostat was made 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. This practice 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 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 offers a variety of preprogrammed settings to trim down your energy consumption and, therefore, potentially decrease your energy bills. Preprogrammed settings often include specific options for when you are not home. Using these settings will automatically lower your temperature setting whether you’re away from Crestview on vacation or simply 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 raising 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 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 are looking 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 Gordon Air Conditioning in Crestview at 850-682-5509 or set up an appointment online.