Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes taking control of your home comfort easy, and it also can help you save some money. You can program it around your schedule, so you can minimize how much you’re paying to heat your home when you’re not even there. With the unpredictable weather in Rocky Mount, a programmable thermostat can keep your home’s temperature 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 daily activities. By doing this, you can plan the best way 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 uncomfortably hot or cold. You could take time to adjust your thermostat before and after work, but why make more work for yourself when the programmable thermostat was created to make your life and your home more comfortable? You just need to set it and forget it… and saving on energy is the icing on the cake. 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. Your system will use less energy when you 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 specific options for when you are away. Using these settings will automatically lower your temperature setting whether you’re away from Rocky Mount on vacation or only away from home for the day. Some programmable thermostats have a feature to lock the thermostat to inhibit kids from accidentally (or purposely) changing 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 faster. 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 would be happy 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 Davis Heating & Air Conditioning in Rocky Mount at 540-483-5605 or set up an appointment online.