Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes taking control of 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 Grove City, 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. By doing this, you can plan the most efficient way to program your thermostat so you don’t uselessly consume energy when you and your family are gone, but you can avoid having anyone coming home to a house that’s uncomfortable because it’s too hot or too cold. You could try to remember 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 make your life and your home more comfortable? You just need to 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. It takes your system less energy to keep your home at a reasonably 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 utilization and, therefore, potentially cut your energy bills. Preprogrammed settings often include designated options for when you are not home. Using these settings will automatically lower your temperature setting whether you’re away from Grove City on vacation or only away from home for the day. Some programmable thermostats have the option to lock the thermostat to inhibit kids from accidentally (or purposely) changing 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 faster. 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 Air Quality Solutions in Grove City at 614-871-4144 or set up an appointment online.