Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings

February 05, 2015

A programmable thermostat makes controlling your home comfort effortless, and it also 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 not even there. With the unpredictable weather in Monroe, 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 daily activities. Once you do this, you can determine the best way to program your thermostat so you don’t uselessly consume energy when you and your family are gone, 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 you leave and when you return, but why needlessly do all this work when the programmable thermostat was created to make your life and 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 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 basic functions as a traditional thermostat, but also offers a variety of preprogrammed settings to lower your energy consumption and, therefore, potentially cut your energy bills.

  • Preprogrammed settings often include special options for when you are not home. Using these settings will automatically lower your temperature setting whether you’re away from Monroe on vacation or just away from home for the day.
  • Some programmable thermostats have a feature to lock the thermostat to inhibit kids from accidentally (or purposely) moving the temperature and potentially raising your bill.
  • You should also know that turning 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 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 would be happy 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 Lanz Furnace and Fireplace in Monroe at 608-291-3606.