Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes controlling your home comfort effortless, plus it 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 not even there. With the unpredictable weather in Bountiful, a programmable thermostat can ensure your home’s temperature stays 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 examine your family’s routine. Once you do this, you can decide the most efficient way to program your thermostat so you don’t uselessly consume energy when no one is home, but you can avoid anyone coming home to a house that’s uncomfortably hot or cold. You could try to remember to adjust your thermostat before work and again when you come home, 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. For the most efficient system operation, program 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 essential functions as a traditional thermostat, but also features a variety of preprogrammed settings to lower your energy use and, therefore, potentially lower your energy bills. Preprogrammed settings often include designated options for when you are not home. Using these settings automatically lowers your temperature setting whether you’re away from Bountiful 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) moving the temperature and potentially affecting 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 more quickly. Many people assume that cranking the heat up in a cold house will warm it up faster, but it doesn’t. And often they 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 some 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 Craig's Heating & Cooling in Bountiful at 801-295-3357 or set up an appointment online.